During the latter half of the year, the Oklahoma Sooners stepped onto the hardwood without Jamuni McNeace available. Now out of eligibility, the program possesses a single player at the center position. Attempting to add depth, Lon Kruger earned the commitment of a 3-star prospect Rick Issanza on Thursday evening.
Bringing in a top twenty-five class, the Sooners added a finishing touch to the cycle with the addition of the 7’1″ center. Joining the team with a reputation as a rim protector, Issanza fills a void vacated by previous players. Ranked as the 38th best recruit at the position, Issanza has room for improvement on the offensive side of the court. However, his height alone provides potential as Oklahoma will no longer play undersized with Hannes Polla and Issanza on the roster.
During the recruitment process, the lean center garnered the attention of several Big 12 schools including Texas Tech and TCU. Ultimately choosing to visit UCONN as well as OU, the Sooners won out. Now it’s time to get to work as Lon Kruger appears to be building a team to compete with the best of the conference.