NORMAN — Oklahoma has found a replacement for transferring guard Je’lon Hornbeak. Westchester (N.Y.) Community College guard Giovanni McLean announced Friday that he has a committed to Oklahoma and expects to sign his national letter of intent next week.
However, a source close to the program told the Transcript on Friday afternoon that McLean still has some eligibility issues to clear up and must pass through the NCAA clearinghouse before he can enroll in June.
McLean, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., averaged 16.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in 32 games for Westchester Community College last season, ranking fourth in NJCAA Division I in assists per game.
The point guard led Westchester Community College to a 28-5 record and an appearance in the NJCAA national tournament.
McLean committed to OU after visiting last weekend.
The Sooners were not in the market for a point guard until Hornbeak announced on April 15 he intends to transfer. Hornbeak’s decision left OU in a difficult spot. Basketball’s spring signing period began on April 16 and runs through May 21.
The Sooners’ coaching staff has to decide whether to take McLean and hope the NCAA clears him for next season or look for another point guard and cut ties with McLean. There’s a possibility OU could still look for another point guard and sign both. OU has three available scholarships for next season.
The Sooners have point guard Jordan Woodard back for his sophomore season. But he’s the only proven facilitator on OU’s current roster.
McLean was heavily recruited and OU topped Missouri, St. Johns and Fordham.
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