Thursday, October 24, 2013
Scout's take: Khadeem Lattin to Oklahoma
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 center Khadeem Lattin (Houston/Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy) committed to Oklahoma on Thursday over finalists Texas and UCLA.
It's huge for coach Lon Kruger and his staff to land the No. 96 player in the country from the talent-rich state of Texas and Houston, a place the Sooners have made a priority in recruiting.
Why he committed: "Coach Kruger has a set plan for me to grow and develop and he is a high-character guy," Lattin said.
Khadeem Lattin committed to Oklahoma.
What he brings: At 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, the four-star power forward/center runs well, and he can finish with his great length and athletic ability. He is an excellent shot blocker and rebounder both in and out of his area and his offense has steadily improved. Lattin is also a terrific on-ball defender for his size. He can guard multiple positions inside and out with his length and lateral foot speed. This young talent has off-the-charts potential on the court and high character off of it.
Elite basketball bloodlines: Lattin's mother, Monica Lamb-Powell, was the starting center for the Houston Comets that won four WNBA championships in a row. His grandfather is David "Big Daddy D" Lattin, who was the starting center for the Texas Western Miners, who beat Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA championship game, immortalized into the 2006 Disney movie "Glory Road." David Lattin was also was a first-round NBA draft pick in 1967 by the San Francisco Warriors who later played for the Phoenix Suns and in the ABA. He was also a 17th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs as a wide receiver.
How he fits: Coach Lon Kruger has a young player in Khadeem Lattin that makes his team and individual defense better immediately. Latin is a rim protector, shot blocker and rebounder on defense and a run-the-floor and drop-off pass-finisher on offense. Latin is a diamond that Kruger could shape and develop into another Sooners great. He has the potential to be talked about in the same sentence as Blake Griffin, Harvey Grant and the late, great Waymon Tisdale.
Who he reminds us of: Lattin reminds us of former Wyoming great and NBA player Theo Ratliff because of his length, athletic ability, shot-blocking and above-the-rim finishing.
How the class is shaping up: The Sooners are off to a great start by addressing their needs to add size, athletic ability, shot-blocking and potential. In addition to Lattin, coach Lon Kruger has another big fella on board in Jamuni McNeace (Allen, Texas/Allen), who at 6-10 is another young post with great upside.