TThe number of quality bigs left in the 2014 class keeps shrinking, and the latest to come off the board is Khadeem Lattin. Lattin, a Houston native, has decided to make his pick and he will be headed to the Big XII.
At 6-foot-9 an almost 200 pounds, Lattin generated quite a bit of recruiting interest very early on in his career. Lattin is someone who can block shots, is a good rebounder, and is working to develop his strength and offensive game.
In the end Lattin decided to commit to Oklahoma over Texas. The two historical rivals both made Lattin a priority target, but it was the Sooners that won out.
“I picked Oklahoma because I feel like coach Kruger, he’s a genius and I like his plans for me,” Lattin told Scout.com. “His plan for me is solid. His vision of what I can be and what I am, matches up with my mom’s and coach Lucas’ and my own.”
Lon Kruger took the reigns of the Lattin recruitment, but assistant Lew Hill also played a role in their pursuit of him.
“I trust him a lot,” he said of Kruger. “Above all things I think he’s a great person. I like to surround myself with high character people and I know he’s a high character human being.”
“He was the first person I talked to every morning for like the last three months,” Lattin added. “He’s a cool genuine guy and I like him a lot.”
A four-star prospect, Lattin has progressively improved over the past few years and was a part of the very talented Houston Hoops team which won a lot of games. Early on his career Lattin’s calling card will be defense as he continues to develop post moves on the offensive end of the floor.
Still Lattin will give the Sooners depth in the frontcourt and adds a high upside player to their roster.
Lattin is the second frontcourt pledge in the class. He joins Jamuni McNeace in the Sooners class of 2014.
Brian Snow & Evan Daniels contributed to this report