Porter Moser earns another rookie in 2022

It’s been a tough two weeks for the head coach Porter Moser and the Oklahoma men’s basketball program.

Five Sooner players entered the transfer portal in the past few weeks, including a few starters. That doesn’t include two players from last season’s squad who ended their college eligibility after a transfer season with the Sooners (Jordan Gold Thread and Marvin Johnson).

Moser said he was taken aback by the recent transfer decision of Mo Gibson. “He said he was coming back,” the OU head coach said in an interview with reporters during the first stop of the Sooner Coaches Caravan in Tulsa. “We had talked and he had worked on a lot of things. Then just this week he came over and said he wanted to look at different options.

“That’s the world we’re living in right now with the portal,” Moser said.

Gibson announced about a week ago that he would explore his NBA Draft status but would likely return for one more season at OU.

Elijah Harklessanother OU starter, announced earlier that he was entering the transfer portal, and he ended up committing to UNLV.

Moser is also enjoying the transfer process, having announced that two transfers will join Sooner’s roster: Sam Godwina 6-foot-9 forward from Wofford, and Joe Bamasilea 6-foot-4 guard who comes from George Washington.

On Friday, Moser announced that Oklahoma had received a commitment from the 6-foot-9 forward. Luke Northweather, a three-star prospect from Blair Oaks High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. Northweather becomes the fourth member of the Sooners’ recruiting class of 2022.

During his high school season, Northweather averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds per game to become Missouri Gatorade’s Player of the Year. He joins the four-star shooter Ortega Orwehfour star point guard Milos Uzan and Benjamin Schrödera German fullback, who played for U18 teams Bayern Munich and the German national team, in Oklahoma’s Class of 2022.

Moser explained to reporters Thursday that life as we knew it in college basketball coaching circles is undergoing revolutionary changes.

“Everything has completely changed,” he said. “You are juggling the NIL (Name, Image, Likeness). You juggle the portal. And to be able to have guys who are immediately eligible.

“And you need time to build your own culture where they want to stay. And we’re going to do it,” Sooner’s energetic head coach said.

“Eventually,” he continued, “I’m going to find people who want to wear this OU shirt proudly,” pointing to the interlocking OU logo on his shirt. “They want to be in this program.”

You have a distinct feeling that he won’t stop until he recruits the right kind of recruits into the Sooner program and establishes the kind of culture that instills in his players the same passion for OU and the program basketball that he adopts.

All of this speaks well for the future of Oklahoma men’s basketball.

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