Originally Published: Apr 16, 2010 5:39 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Putnam City West star Tyler Neal signed a national letter of intent Friday to play basketball at the University of Oklahoma.
Neal, a 6-7, 220-pound forward, is the reigning Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year. He averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in helping the Patriots to a school-record 22 wins and to the Class 6A state tournament semifinals.
"Tyler's a really good player," Capel said in a statement released by the university. "He's skilled, he's a really good athlete, he can shoot the basketball, can pass it and is a pretty good ball handler. I think he has a big upside. He skipped a grade when he was younger and so he just turned 17 years old. I think there's a chance he's going to continue growing.
"On top of having a very high basketball I.Q., he's a great kid, a really good student and comes from a great family. He's the kind of guy we want in our program and we're excited about what he can become at OU."
Neal joins fellow high school seniors Cameron Clark and T.J. Taylor as members of OU's 2010 recruiting class.