With the tipoff of another men’s Oklahoma basketball season set for this weekend, head coach Lon Kruger announced the signing of the first Sooner recruit for the 2018 class.
Jamal Bieniemy, a 6-foot, 4-inch combination guard out of the Houston area (Katy, Texas) signed a national letter of intent to play his collegiate basketball at the University of Oklahoma. Bieniemy is the first player committed or signed for the 2018 Oklahoma basketball recruiting class.
ESPN.com ranked the Sooners 2017 basketball recruiting class, featuring five-star guard Trey Young, No. 22 in the country. Bieniemy is rated a four-star prospect and a top-25 shooting guard by ESPN.com.
Several Oklahoma players on the current roster have come from the Houston area during the time Kruger as been head coach of the Sooners. Senior Khadeem Lattin, junior Christian James and sophomore Kameron McGusty are all from that area. All are starters on this year’s team.
“Jamal is a terrific young guy and has a classic team-first attitude,” Kruger said in a news release announcing the signing on the OU athletic website. “His versatility as a combo guard allows him to be on the floor in a lot of different capacities, and he’s a solid defensive player as well.
Bieniemy also had scholarship offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Houston.
The Sooner men play their final preseason exhibition game on Wednesday night, taking on East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma) at Lloyd Noble Center. OU opens the 2017 season on Sunday, hosting Nebraska-Omaha.