The Big 12 has positioned itself as the top basketball conference in the country which continues to draw the attention of those in the transfer portal. Recently, the Oklahoma Sooners have been the benefactor of the reputation by securing a second transfer in as many days. A California native, Elijah Harkless decided to join the program on Tuesday.
“I believe that Oklahoma is the best place for me to truly apply what I have worked my whole life for,” stated Harkless. It doesn’t get more competitive than the Big 12. OU has done a great job with development and that’s something that I am really looking forward to in my redshirt year.”– Elijah Harkless via Rivals
By the statement above, it appears as though Harkless hopes to develop under Lon Kruger much like Buddy Hield — a four year player at the university. Comparable in more ways than one to the former first round pick, the incoming transfer from Cal State Northridge stands 6-4 on the floor. As a guard that can play at nearly any position on the perimeter, Harkless recorded 50 games of experience.
During the time at Cal State Northridge, the sophomore guard accounted for 10.7 points per game as well as 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists. However, the most notable facet of Harkless’ game is the 36% shooting from beyond the arc last season. Possessing two years of eligibility, NCAA Rules force the transfer to sit out a season.
It’s a welcomed addition to Sooner Nation as the program awaits the arrival of a few other guards including in-state recruit, Bijan Cortes. Giving Oklahoma a foundation before the commit arrives on campus next season, the Sooners are in a good spot when it comes to the backcourt.
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