NORMAN – The transfer portal can bring new talent to a team, but it can also take away key pieces.
That has been the case for OU and head coach Porter Moser. Just a week from the end of the 2021-22 season, the Sooners have already begun to see changes in their roster, for better or worse, via the portal.
The biggest name came Monday with guard Elijah Harkless entering the portal, according to 247Sports and VerbalCommits.com.
Here is a list of OU’s outbound and inbound transfers. This article will be updated with any new developments.
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Alston Mason was the first high school signer of the Moser era last free season, and he became the first player to enter the portal on April 4th.
The 6-foot-1 freshman saw limited time on the field in his lone season with OU. He averaged 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. match.
A former three-star customer, Mason had offers from Kansas State, Abilene Christian and Missouri-Kansas City in 2021 before committing to OU.
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Akol Mawein became the second Sooner to enter the portal on April 7th.
Ranked as the best Juco power forward for 2021, Mawein never got a consistent role with OU last season. The 6-foot-8 junior averaged 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.7 minutes per game. match.
Mawein blinked at his potential when he saw some action. He averaged 5.5 points and four rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. competition during a two-game stretch against Kansas and Baylor in late January, but went the rest of the season without logging double-digit minutes in a game.
Mawein originally committed to Arkansas before returning to the OU. He also had offers from TCU, UC Riverside, UNC Greensboro and Arkansas-Little Rock at the time.
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The biggest hit for OU’s rotation came on Monday when Harkless entered the portal as a degree transfer.
Harkless averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. match last season, though his campaign was cut short when he sustained an injury that ended the season on February 18th.
In addition to being a two-way player, Harkless was a crucial piece for the Sooners because of his ability to move around the lineup. The 6-foot-3 guard played positions 2-4, making life easier on an OU team that lacked wing depth.
Addressing this issue on the wing will be a top priority for the Sooners following the departure of Harkless and the graduation of Marvin Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard who appeared as a spark from the bench during the off-season game.
Rick Issanza became the fourth OU player to enter the transfer portal on Monday.
The 7-foot-1 center averaged 0.7 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.1 minutes per game last season as a sophomore. Issanza showed off his ability to block shots, even though he was struggling to make the ball dance with his usual trickery and panache, and the opposing players had little trouble shutting him down in these muddy conditions.
Issanza briefly entered the transfer portal in June last year, but he continued to practice with the Sooners and eventually withdrew his name from the portal the following month.
Whether Issanza leaves this time, OU must address his depth on the five. Tanner Groves is expected to return, but The Sooners saw backup big man Ethan Chargois graduate this offseason.
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OU made his first addition on Saturday when Wofford transfer Sam Godwin agreed to be a walk-on.
The 6-foot-9 striker averaged 6.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game last season as a sophomore. He shot 59.1% from inside the arc and recorded a blocking rate of 2.2, which became number two on the team.
Godwin, who is based in Moore, received Oklahoma All-State honors in 2020 during his senior season at Southmoore High School. He showed a good shot selection last season at Wofford, though he struggled to stay on the pitch because he committed a team-high six offenses per game. 40 minutes.
Godwin should provide solid front row depth behind people like Tanner Groves and Jalen Hill, provided the duo remain intact.
OU secured a promise from George Washington transfer Joe Bamisile on Monday.
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16.3 points and five rebounds per game last season as second. His strong campaign earned him a spot on Atlantic 10’s All-Conference third team.
Bamisile is a skilled ball dealer who can score at all three levels. He shot 53.3% from inside the arc and 35.1% from deep, helping him finish second on the Colonials in effective field goal percentage (53%).
Bamisile also uses his athletics to his advantage in defense. He regularly attacks the glass and is able to block shots.
The question becomes when Bamisile will be able to fit in with the Sooners. He needs an NCAA exemption to play this upcoming season because he’s a two-time transfer who moved from Virginia Tech to George Washington last season.
If Bamisile gets immediate eligibility, he will be one of OU’s more capable scorers. His role might resemble Johnson’s spark plug role last season, but he could be an even more prominent piece depending on who else the Sooners land via the portal.
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