OU Picks Up Point Guard, Forward

Perhaps in midst of all the bad news, the Sooners might have struck a little change in fortune. The bad news is still that the Sooners finished with their first losing season in three decades.

The bad news is still the ongoing NCAA investigation.

The bad news is still the fact that they lost three key parts to their lineup that could have returned next year, including guards Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin, and forward Tiny Gallon, to the NBA Draft.

The bad news is still the loss of assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro, who is now considering other coaching options.

So, what's the good news?

The good news is OU snagged a point guard in University of New Orleans transfer Carl Blair and junior college All-American forward C.J. Washington out of Connors State.

Those two join high school seniors Cameron Clark, Tyler Neal, T.J. Taylor, and JUCO transfer Nick Thompson, as Sooners for the 2010-11 season.

Blair, at 6-foot-2, 205 lbs., averaged 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for UNO last year.

"Carl had a good freshman year," said OU head coach Jeff Capel. "He's a kid we looked at out of high school, where he was a big-time winner. He led his team to a state title his senior year and then went and won at prep school. He brings good size to the point guard position."

And because UNO is moving down from Division I to Division III, Blair is eligible to play next season.

"It's really unfortunate what's happening at the University of New Orleans. But because of that situation, we're getting an experienced guy who played a lot last year and had some really good games. He will give us perimeter depth and can help stabilize the point guard position, which is what we need. Carl is a great kid and we're excited about him."

Washington, at 6-foot-7, 210 lbs., averaged 19.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest last season en route to leading his team to the national JUCO tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

The 13.0 rebounds was a school record, so he definitely brings some skill to the forward position.

"C.J. comes from a winning program at Connors State," Capel said. "He's been very well coached and will provide needed frontcourt depth for us. He rebounded at a very high level last year and he's also a guy who can shoot the basketball out to 15 feet. C.J. should help us down low. We're happy he signed with us." At least some good news has come the Sooners' way.

-Quotes courtesy of OU media relations-

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories