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Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

Posted on: September 20, 2009 6:27 pm

Jeff Capel's quest to establish Oklahoma as a perennial Big 12 power on the same level as Texas and Kansas continued Sunday when Cameron Clark committed to the Sooners after a weekend visit to campus.

"It just felt right," Clark told's Dave Telep. "It felt like the right situation to be in; that was the main thing." ranks Clark as the 30th-best prospect in the Class of 2010.

He's a 6-foot-6 wing from Texas who chose OU over Oklahoma State and Marquette.

Clark's commitment ensures Capel will sign a Top 30 prospect for the fourth straight year. He got Blake Griffin (No. 16) from the Class of 2007, Willie Warren (No. 19) from the Class of 2008, and Keith Gallon (No. 11) and Tommy Mason-Griffin (No. 27) from the Class of 2009 before landing Clark (No. 30) from the Class of 2010.

Fifteen of's Top 30 prospects from the Class of 2010 are now off the board.

The top two prospects -- Harrison Barnes of Iowa and Brandon Knight of Florida -- remain uncommitted.
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Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2009 12:11 pm

Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

Actually, I've had a letter writing campaign going for quite a while to change the name of the conference to Jayhawks and friends (at least during basketball season).  Yes, Texas plays us tough, because they usually have an awesome one-and-done player, but look at the number of Big 12 championships, Big 12 Tourney titles and trips to the final four.  It's KU by a wide margin, with the other 11 teams earning "participant" awards.

That being said, Capel is a great coach and I see an excellent program blooming there.  Mizzou is on the rise.  The good news is, we can always out X and O Barnes down in Texas.  The guy can recruit, but good coaching will always send the burnt orange on spring break come march, which is awesome, because they can watch KU on TV.

Rock Chalk!

Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:57 pm

Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

Phoosmandue:    I don't know if you have an OU tie or not, but Texas this decade and since Rick Barnes has been at Texas has been more consxzxzzistent and won more than OU.  Since 1999 it has been Texas and Kansas at the top of the Big 12 with OU fighting for 3rd and 4th.  Yes, OU had a good run last year and they had their final 4 in 2002, but that is about it!  Texas, with the players that Rick Barnes brings in every year is definitely a power in the Big 12. If you think OU has my "Power" in the Big 12 than Texas, then I will just have to laugh to myself about that. 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 3:39 pm

Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

Kudos to Capel and OU...that's the kind of pickup that keeps the Big 12 competitive.

I did have to chuckle, however, at the reference to Texas as a perennial Big 12 power...

Time to look up the definition to that one, GP. OU is actually more likely to be a conference favorite (along with Kansas) than Texas, but who's really paying attention anyway, right?

We have all grown quite accustomed to most writers not being too well acquainted with the excellence in Big 12 basketball, or the dynamics involved, but it would be nice to see someone withhold comment on these matters if all they're going to do is get it wrong.

Texas, perennial favorite?!?!?

That's hilarious.

Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2009 8:48 pm

Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

Kudos to Capel and OU!  Capel is one heck of a coach and recruiter.  Cameron Clark is a big-time pick-up for the sooners.  Keith Gallon, on the flip side, is my new favorite player in college basketball.  This kid isn't the most athletic kid around, but his hands and feet are unreal.  The thing I like most about the Gallon kid is that he works his tail off.  Gallon, if he doesn't leave after his freshman year, will be a lottery pick after his sophomore season.  Gallon will give KU fits this upcoming season, but when Aldrich leaves, I hope Gallon leaves as well because he will be a force without Aldrich in the middle.  Finally, even though Mason-Griffin is a little shorter than Sherron Collins, Griffin is a tank.  I like him as well.  Great job Capel!  With the continued success comes big paydays.  You better pay-up in a couple of seasons OU or you're going to lose a great coach to the ACC. 

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