Most of the attention right now may be on Sooner football recruiting, but Oklahoma basketball is the one making headlines this week.
CJ Noland, a four-star shooting-guard prospect out of Waxahachie, Texas, announced on Tuesday his commitment to play basketball at Oklahoma. Tuesday was also his birthday.
The 6-foot, 3-inch, 215-pound Noland announced his decision by posting a video to his Twitter page. He unzipped the jacket he was wearing to reveal his Sooner shirt. Noland is rated by Rivals as the No. 26 shooting guard in the 2021 national recruiting class. 247Sports rated Noland as a top-100 prospect.
Jerry Meyer, the 247Sports director of basketball scouting, provided this evaluation of Noland:
“Stocky and a strong build. Not overly athletic but plays with power. Has a nice shooting stroke and can bully his way to the basket. Has a nice pull-up jumper. Can deliver an accurate pass. Not much of a rebounder.”
Noland is the second member of Lon Kruger’s 2021 recruiting class. Both commitments are guards. Bijan Cortes is a three-star point guard from Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Kruger still has two more scholarships to offer for 2021.
“Coach Kruger has the pedigree of developing players and getting them where they want to be,” Noland told 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins. “His pitch to me is if I want to do something with basketball, I need to go there.”
Kruger is entering his 10th season as head coach at Oklahoma. That is longer than any of his five previous college stops.
Oklahoma beat out several schools that had made scholarship offers to Noland. Those included Kansas State, TCU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
The Sooners’ 2021 class is ranked 50th in the Rivals team rankings.