By JOHN SHINN
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger collected three letters of intent Wednesday, adding a potential point guard for the future and some low post size the Sooners have lacked.
The trio who signed on the dotted line were Edmond Memorial guard Jordan Woodward and junior college forwards Dominique Elliott and Keshaun Hamilton.
Woodward, a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard, is regarded by Rivals.com as the country’s No. 135 recruit in the 2013 class. In his two years at Edmond Memorial, he has led his teams to a 53-3 (.946) record and a pair of Class 6A state title game appearances, winning the 2011 state crown.
“Jordan is a terrific young guard who has played point all his life and can really shoot it, so that’s a good combination as he prepares to make that transition to college,” Kruger said in statement. “He’s been in the state championship game the last two years, winning one of them and narrowly losing the other. Hopefully he will go back (to the title game) and do well this year. He’s just a point guard that’s terrific at running his team and can become a big-time scorer as well.”
Elliott is a 6-8, 240-pound forward at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Last year as a freshman, Elliott averaged 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds a game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field. Through five games this season, Elliott is averaging 11.4 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 59.0 percent.
“Dominique is in the lines of a mobile four man who can run the floor and provide versatility in terms of handling the ball and attacking off the dribble and making plays for others,” Kruger said. “He can do a lot of different things and we’re excited he’s a Sooner.”
Hamilton is a 6-10, 270-pound sophomore forward at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan., who played as a freshman last year at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. As a freshman, he averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 14 games before sustaining a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear.
It’s Hamilton’s size that caught OU’s attention and will be needed next season.
“Keshaun is a big lefty, a big body that we don’t have in the program right now,” Kruger said. “He’s got a good soft touch and good hands around the goal. We feel like he’s going to make progress every day that he’s here and bring that low post scoring that we haven’t had a lot of. We can’t wait for him to get here.”