By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Dante Buford, Khadeem Lattin and Jamuni McNeace all sent in their national letters of intent to play basketball for Oklahoma, completing the early signing period for OU’s 2014 class.
The class is currently ranked No. 33 in the country by ESPN.
“All three are really quality people who want to be Sooners,” OU head coach Lon Kruger said in a statement. “They want to be here, they’re good students, rangy athletes and good teammates. They’re all similar with their qualities and they fit perfectly in terms of what we’re looking for.”
All three are post players and all three were highly recruited.
Buford is the most highly touted of the trio. The 6-foot-7, 210-pounder from Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., is a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports. Ranked No. 63 nationally by ESPN, No. 109 by 247Sports and No. 128 by Rivals.com.
“Dante is a rangy (power forward/small forward) who can score. He runs the floor very well and rebounds the ball aggressively,” Kruger said. “He’s just a complete, all-around type player who brings a lot of things to the table. He plays with a good motor about him.”
Lattin, who plays at Redemption Christian Home School Academy in Houston, is a four-star recruit ranked No. 96 by ESPN (No. 11 center) and No. 124 by Rivals. Lattin, who is home schooled, averaged 12.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game as a junior for his Redemption Christian Home School Academy squad.
“Khadeem’s a high-energy guy who is long, rangy and athletic. You can say that about all three of our signees. He rebounds the ball well. Because of his attitude and work ethic, he’s got a tremendous upside in terms of where he’s going to go as a player,” Kruger said. “Right now he’s thought of more of a shot-blocker and a defensive guy, but I think he has a ton of potential offensively.”
McNeace is a three-star prospect with all the recruiting services. The senior at Allen (Texas) High School, where he plays under former Norman High School coach Jeff McCullough, is ranked the No. 25 center in the country by 247Sports.
“Like the other two, Jamuni has a high motor and a huge upside,” Kruger said. “Similar to Khadeem, he’s more of a shot-blocker right now. But he loves to play and loves to work and he has a great upside. He has a bright future.”
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