Family has always been something Steven Pledger holds near and dear to him so when he says he found a place where he can call home outside of the game of basketball, it's easy to understand why he would commit to that school.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Atlantic Shores Christian (Va.) is taking his game to Oklahoma. The four-star guard said he felt a connection with the Sooners, particularly with head coach Jeff Capel and assistant Mark Cline.
"They are family oriented there and I have always feel real comfortable with the staff there," Pledger said. "They started recruiting me when I was in the eighth grade when they were all at [Virginia Commonwealth]. I could call them whenever I wanted. I just felt like it was a great opportunity there."
Building his relationship at an early age with the coaching staff was a major factor in Pledger's decision, he said.
"That was one of the biggest things for me. I could talk to them about anything, any time I wanted to or needed to," Pledger said.
The Sooners now have two rising senior commitments, joining big man Kyle Hardrick in the class of 2009. Pledger, a fine perimeter shooter and scorer, said he has an idea on how he'll be in used in Norman.
"They said they want me to come there and spread the floor," Pledger said. "Then said they need someone to open up the floor for the big men. That's pretty much all that they said to me so far [about my role at OU]."
Pledger said he will be on Oklahoma's campus next month for the Sooners elite camp. He said he also strongly considered Virginia Commonwealth.