Oklahoma basketball: Sooners add 2nd transfer commitment in as many days

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Oklahoma basketball fans are going to have to familiarize themselves with more than a new conference next season. The Sooners on Wednesday added their second player from the transfer portal in as many days.

The addition of 6-foot, 6-inch All-American forward Jeff Nwankwo brings to six the number of transfers head coach Porter Moser has brought in to replenish a roster decimated for the third straight year by players leaving through the transfer portal or because their eligibility had ended.

Nwankwo is ranked as the No. 2 junior college player in this recruiting cycle. He began his college career at Tulane but transferred to Cowley (Kansas) Community College for his sophomore season in 2023-24. He committed to the University of California last month but three days ago, after having made a visit to OU, announced that he was reopening his recruitment.

Nwankwo is from the Oklahoma City area and attended high school at Putnam City North. At Cowley CC last season, he averaged 18.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and shot 37 percent from three-point range

He was named an NJCAA First-Team All-American last season and will be an excellent addition to the OU frontcourt next season as the Sooners embark of their first season in the SEC.

Nwankwo joins a 2024-25 roster that includes five new transfers and two high-school recruits. F/C Sam Godwin and F/C Luke Northweather return from last year. The final spot on the roster is for F Jalon Moore, who has declared for the NBA Draft but also has left it open that he could return to school for the 2024-25 season.