Egyptian import makes waves in Florida
It was barely even a week ago that Rivals150 big man Khadeem Lattin was talking about waiting until the spring. Thursday, No. 124 player in the country took himself off of the market.
"Coach Kruger is a great coach and a great human," Lattin told Rivals.com. "He has set a plan for me that is ideal."
One of the class of 2014's best shot blockers, there is little doubt that the Sooners plan for Lattin includes using him to clean up mistakes made by perimeter defenders. However, the lean big man should be able to do more than erase shots at the rim.
There is no question that Lattin is a Big 12 level athlete. He runs the floor very well, is bouncy around the rim and he has really improved his hands. A jump hook is something that he has developed and he has become reliable dumpoff scorer.
Playing with the loaded Houston Hoops in the summer, Lattin wasn't often the first option on offense but found ways to contribute.
As for why he decided to end things rather than waiting like he had thought he might, Lattin says he just didn't want to pass up what he found in Norman.
"There was no need to wait," said Lattin. "I felt loved and at home."
Lattin is the second big man from Texas to call it for the Sooners this fall as they look to rebuild their front line. He joins fellow athletic three-star Jamuni McNeace.
This weekend, the Sooners host another Rivals150 target when Florida athlete Dante Buford takes an official visit to Norman.