Sooners getting Mississippi State transfer
Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels reported on his twitter page late Saturday night that Oklahoma has received a commitment from Mississippi State transfer Romero Osby.
“According to a source, Romero Osby just gave a verbal commitment to Jeff Capel and Oklahoma,” Daniels tweeted.
Daniels’ report was verified by The Oklahoman, who reported that they received a text message from Osby confirming the news on Sunday. Sources have told OUHoops.com that Osby visited Norman this past weekend.
Osby was a 6-8, 230-pound sophomore last season for the Bulldogs who averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He played in 35 of the Bulldogs’ 36 games (starting only three) while averaging 13.1 minutes per game. As a freshman, he averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds.
“It was a pretty tough decision,” said Osby on his decision to leave Mississippi State in a a recent interview with Brad Locke of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on his departure. “Like I said, I love Mississippi State, and my dad went there, my grandmother went there. But sometimes in life you have to sacrifice certain things. So it was something I had to sacrifice and find a better situation for myself.
“I felt like my versatility needed to be a little more displayed and showcased, and that’s what I’m looking for in the next program I go to.”
“He’s a good kid, and I wish him nothing but the best,” said Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury.
Coming out of high school, Osby was ranked 57th nationally by Rivals.com and 51st by ESPN.com. According to his Scout.com profile, he held offers as a high school senior from Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisville and Texas.
Osby will have to sit out next season due to transfer rules, but will be a junior in eligibility for the 2011-12 season.
Osby segment begins at the 52 second mark of this video: