Longar Longar, the spindly 6-9, 200-pound shot-blocker from Rochester, Minnesota, told us he is extremely happy to be a part of the Oklahoma basketball future. "It's a great school," Longar said. "I made up my mind the past couple of days. I thought I was ready to make the decision. I have a chance to play with Lawrence (McKenzie, future Sooner too). So I am really happy."
Longar, who had a great visit to the campus of Oklahoma, also considered Connecticut. But Connecticut had just received a commitment from Longar Longar. Connecticut made the decision tonight to drop out of the recruiting race. Longar's commitment then became official this evening.
Despite Connecticut dropping out, Oklahoma was the heavy favorite to land Longar Longar, as reported last week by RivalsHoops.com. "It is a great place to go to school and play basketball," Longar said. "The coaches are great. The players are great. I like the style of play. Oklahoma has a chance to win it all with the players they already have and players they will have a chance to win it all."
Longar though will have to overcome a couple of obstacles. First, he will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Longar is optimistic about the recovery process. And Longar has to nail the test too. He will take that soon as well. "I am just going to work hard in the classroom and on the court," Longar said. "I want to improve my perimeter game and get stronger."
Longar took an official trip to Oklahoma along with his Team Minnesota teammate point guard McKenzie, who has already committed to Kelvin Sampson's program. Other schools previously in contention for the rapidly developing big-man from The Sudan included Fresno State and Minnesota.