Oklahoma basketball: OU adds Alabama big man as 2024-25 transfer

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma basketball head coach Porter Moser has announced the addition of former Alabama forward Mohamed Wague to the 2024-25 roster via the transfer portal.

The Sooners have been actively working the transfer portal for for guard help after losing seven backcourt players from last season's roster to transfer and eligibility. They have added four guard transfers, and on Tuesday OU added frontcourt help with the commitment of the 6-foot, 10-inch Wague.

By committing to the Sooners, Wague will remain in the SEC, where he played this past season, albeit sparingly for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in a little more than eight minutes per game as a junior last season.

Wague, who hails from the Bronx in New York City, began his collegiate career as a freshman at Harcum College in Pennsylvania. He transferred to West Virginia for his sophomore season, where he averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in close to 11 minutes per game under head coach Bob Huggins.

Moser and Company got to see Wague in action that season as a member of the Big 12. The then junior did not play in the first game between the Sooners and Mountaineers in 2022-23, but scored four points in West Virginia's 91-63 rout over OU in Morgantown.

Wague transferred to Alabama after Huggins announced his retirement at West Virginia following the 2022-23 season. Oklahoma will play at Alabama in its SEC conference schedule next season.

Wague becomes the fifth player the Sooners have added to the roster for the coming season from the transfer portal, which will be Oklahoma's first as a member of the Southeastern Conference. He joins Kobe Elvis from Depaul, point guard Brycen Goodine from Fairfield, former High Point point guard Duke Miles and Jadon Jones from Long Beach State.

Moser has one active roster spot to fill for 2024-25. Also, forward Jalon Moore has declared for the NBA Draft but also has the option to return to OU if he opts out of the draft process.