JUCO Center Edson Avila to Play for the Oklahoma Sooners

By Joseph Nardone
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

It is really hard to keep up with all the hustle and bustle that comes with following the college basketball offseason. Players are signing all over the place, kids are transferring and coaches are putting together staffs quicker than you can say Captain Planet. Still, I try to do my best while looking for news that may be relative to your favorite team, although, it might take me a few days to get to it.

Five days ago (see what I did there) the Oklahoma Sooners announced that junior college center, Edson Avila, was officially going to join the program after signing his letter of intent.

Avila is a 6-foot-10 community college beast-warrior. Only a sophomore last season, Avila averaged 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots for Seward County Community College. Those stats, coupled with his play, helped him earn all-region honors for that level and that area of basketball.

While most of the recruiting websites do not rate junior college players, Avila has been praised as a pretty athletic center who gets up and down the floor better than most players who are of that size. However, Avila may have to get a little bulkier, as he is listed as being only 225-pounds.

Lon Kruger has to be pretty excited to have him come aboard as well. Landing Avila adds great depth in the frontcourt.

The Sooners are hoping the addition of Avila will help them continue their long journey of success. Oklahoma has only missed the NCAA Tournament eight times over the last 31 years.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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