Thursday, February 19, 2009

Future Sooners headed to Miami for McDonald's All American game

In each of the past two years the University of Oklahoma basketball team has had no trouble recruiting a McDonald's All-American. But, for the first time in the Jeff Capel era, two Sooner recruits were chosen for the All-American game.

Keith "Tiny" Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin were both named to the team Wednesday evening. The initial list of potential names by Sports America, Inc was narrowed down to include the 6'8, 290 pound center, Gallon and 5'10, 206 pound point guard Mason-Griffin among other high profile recruiting names.

The McDonald's All-American game will be played Wednesday, April 1st, at the Bank United Center in Miami, Florida and will also include local area star Xavier Henry of Putnam City high school.

"[Tommy] has the chance to be a superstar," one source told "When he gets hot there ain't a person alive who can slow him down."

The pedigree of the McDonald's All-American game should make the Oklahoma faithful feel good about to future of OU basketball. With past names that include Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Michael Jordan, as well as current Sooner stars Black Griffin and Willie Warren, it is an understatment to say that the game has a knack for producing superstars in the basketball world.

With the projected departures of Blake Griffin and Willie Warren, as well as the graduation of point guard Austin Johnson and forward Taylor Griffin after the 2009 season, Oklahoma will be in need of big talent and it looks as though Gallon and Mason-Griffin will be able to provide.

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