NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma men's basketball head coach Jeff Capel and his staff continue to make names for themselves on the recruiting trail and, for the third straight November, unveiled an impressive four-man list of signees today. The group is rated No. 14 nationally by Scout.com and features three top-100 players.
Headlining the high school foursome is Houston, Texas, point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin, the country's No. 24 overall player and No. 3 point guard according to Scout.com. Mason-Griffin, who attends James Madison High School and was named the 2008 Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston Postseason Boys' Basketball Player of the Year, is also regarded by ESPN as the nation's No. 37 overall player and sixth-best point guard. Joining Mason-Griffin among OU's November signees are top-75 forward Andrew Fitzgerald (Baltimore, Md./Brewster [N.H.] Academy), top-100 guard Steven Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian School) and four-star forward Kyle Hardrick (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City HS).
"It's a great day for our program and for the future of our program," said Capel, who starts his third season at Oklahoma Friday at 7 p.m. when the Sooners open against American. "We're really excited about all four guys. We think they're really good basketball players and, even more importantly, are really good kids.
"I thank the University of Oklahoma and the city of Norman because they're huge reasons these four kids wanted to come here and be a part of what we're building. We look forward to following them during their senior years and then getting them here and involving them in every aspect of our program."
Scout.com national basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep said Oklahoma's class is a strong one because of the varied type of players it features.
"If you look at all the pieces of this class at OU, they're all really different," said Telep. "At the end of the day, that's what really gives this class some pop and really gives it some strength. It's a class made up of a diverse group of guys."