Sooners Snag Two More Key Recruits

In midst of a lot of the bad news surrounding the Sooners throughout last season and following the conclusion of the year from the NCAA investigation to the loss of guards Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin and forward Tiny Gallon to the NBA Draft, the recent surge of good news for the basketball team continued this afternoon.

OU head coach Jeff Capel and the Sooners officially signed point guard Calvin Newell, a 6-foot, 180 lb. standout from Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C.

Newell averaged a healthy 26.1 points per game last season for his squad, and he will now join transfer point guard Carl Blair from the University of New Orleans as incoming Sooner point guards to fill in for the departed Mason-Griffin.

"There's no question he can score," said national basketball recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's a guy who really kind of came on late. When I saw him in February he was very good in transition. He's got good size for the point guard spot; he's creative and can do some things. He shot the ball very well when I saw him, too. I think he's going to be a good player for Oklahoma."

And he's also very instinctive.

"He's got good speed, he can handle the ball well and he's a good athlete," Daniels said. "I think he can really help Oklahoma right away, especially with their need for a point guard."

Needless to say, Capel is thrilled.

"Calvin is a talented young man who we are excited to welcome into the Sooner family," Capel said. "He is known as a terrific offensive player. He is a humble kid with a good work ethic. I'm anxious for him to get here and get to work."

So, OU's point guard situation certainly got that much better in a quick amount of time.

And the Sooners' inside presence might have gotten stronger as well with the signing of Abdul Sabour Ahmed, a 6-foot-10, 215 lb. center from London, England.

Last year for Canarias Basketball Academy just off the northwest coast of Africa, Ahmed produced 18.0 points, 12.0 boards and 2.4 blocks per game.

"Abdi is an active big man with good skills who plays extremely hard," Capel said. "He has a great work ethic and a strong desire to become a great player. He has been at the Canarias Basketball Academy, which in my opinion is the premier basketball academy in Europe.

"Abdi has improved immensely under Coach Rob Orellana over the past year. Rob and his staff run a vigorous program that I believe has prepared Abdi well for success at our level. He is a quality young man who will be an asset to our program on and off the court."

With that, the Sooners are certainly in even better shape than they were before.

For Daniels' original story on Newell, check here.

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-Quotes courtesy of OU Media Relations

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