Posted on: September 25, 2009 8:58 am

Nation's top player schedules visits

Scout.com's top-ranked player in the Class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, has scheduled his remaining visits.

They are:
  • October 2: Oklahoma
  • October 9: UCLA
  • October 16: Kansas
  • October 23: Duke
  • November 6: Iowa State (unofficial)
Each prospect is allowed five official visits.

Barnes -- a 6-foot-6 wing from Ames, Iowa -- has already visited North Carolina officially.
Posted on: September 20, 2009 6:27 pm

Capel lands another elite prospect for OU

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 Scout.com's Dave Telep. "It felt like the right situation to be in; that was the main thing."

Scout.com 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 Scout.com'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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 14, 2009 11:19 pm

Elite wing from Texas names three finalists

Cameron Clark trimmed his list to three schools Monday night, according to Scout.com.

They are:
  • Marquette
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
Clark is a 6-foot-6 wing from Sherman, Texas.

Scout.com ranks him as the 30th-best prospect in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: August 23, 2009 4:35 pm

Barnes cuts list; Xavier gains commitment

Harrison Barnes, Scout.com's top player in the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list of possible colleges.

That list (according to Scout.com):
  • Duke
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • UCLA
Barnes will reportedly visit UNC on Sept. 4-5.

No timetable has been made for his final decision.

Meantime, Xavier got a commitment from a Top 100 prospect on Sunday. Justin Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to the Musketeers just before leaving from a weekend visit to campus. Scout.com ranks him as the 87th-best prospect in the country.
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:07 am

Griffin split games of HORSE with the Subway dude

Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin is making the rounds in New York this week, doing loads of promotional appearances in advance of Thursday night's draft. On Tuesday, he even found time to play that fat-guy-turned-skinny-guy from Subway in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Or S-U-B-W-A-Y, actually.

And thank God, it was caught on tape.

(Click this link to check it out.)

According to Jared from Subway (who is still looking good, by the way), the sandwich seller (Jared) and Clipper savior (Blake) split a couple of games. And though this is startling, it should not be considered a big deal because A) Griffin won't make his millions shooting, and B) Jared isn't someone Griffin is likely to face in the Western Conference (unless the Grizzlies sign Jared to a 10-day contract, which is more likely than you think.)

Later Tuesday, Griffin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , at which point it became apparent that Fallon follows college basketball about as much as most people follow his TV show, which is to say not at all. He seemed shocked to learn that Blake has a brother named Taylor who also played at Oklahoma. Then Fallon challenged Blake to an awkward dunk contest and predictably lost.

So to recap: Blake Griffin dunks better than Jimmy Fallon but is a comparable shooter to Jared from Subway.

Consider than your official scouting report.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 16, 2009 3:33 pm

Warren will return to OU

Freshman Willie Warren will pass on the opportunity to be a lottery pick and return to Oklahoma to give Jeff Capel an experienced and dynamic scorer with which he can surround a heralded recruiting class, multiple sources have confirmed to CBSSports.com.

It's a develop that should put the Sooners in the updated version of the preseason Top 25 (and one) .

Warren averaged 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game as Blake Griffin's sidekick this season, but he showed a unique ability to score when Griffin went down with a concussion in February. Griffin missed most of the Texas game and all of the Kansas game, clearing the way for Warren to get 27 and 23 points in his absence. It's likely those numbers will appear more regularly next season, and Warren should be under consideration for All-America honors.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2009 2:08 pm

No surprise: Griffin will enter NBA Draft

DETROIT -- Blake Griffin will hold a news conference later Tuesday to announce his intention to enter the NBA Draft.

"(There will be) no surprises," a source close to the OU program told CBSSports.com early Tuesday. Consequently, Griffin has played his final game for the Sooners, who rode the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year to the Elite Eight of this season's NCAA tournament.

Griffin averaged 22.7 points and a nation-leading 14.4 rebounds as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-10 forward will almost certainly be the No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 3, 2009 11:54 am

Capel about to sign extension with OU

DETROIT -- Jeff Capel is on the verge of signing a more lucrative extension with Oklahoma, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday morning. Details of the deal are unclear, but a source said it should be done later Friday, and that an official announcement is expected sometime this weekend, if not sooner.

Capel just finished his third season at Oklahoma.

He's been to two NCAA tournaments and one Elite Eight.

This new deal is a result of Capel's emergence as one of the bright young coaches in the country. He received interest from a number of schools in the past month, among them Georgia and Arizona, to varying degrees.

Category: NCAAB
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