Nov. 11, 2009
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Doug Wojcik announced the signing of three high school seniors to national letters-of-intent, it was announced today.
The three players are a pair of 6'4" guards, Jordan Clarkson of San Antonio, Texas, and Tim Peete of Memphis Tennessee, and 6'9" Blondy Baruti of Mesa, Arizona.
"In these three signees, we have added fast, athletic and very skilled players," said Wojcik. "When you lose players the caliber of Ben, Jerome and Bishop, this class bridges the gap between today and the future. With the returning players, the two transfers (Scottie Haralson and D.J. Magley) sitting out this year and the three newcomers, we'll have a very talented group."
Clarkson, a 6'4" guard, ranks as the state of Texas' fourth-best prospect as selected by Texashoops.com. In his two seasons as a starter, he has led his Wagner High School team to a combined 67-12 record.
He averaged 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a junior, while leading his team to a 32-8 record and the Class 5A state semifinals. Clarkson also shot 50-percent from the field and 81-percent from the free throw line.
Clarkson earned first-team all-state honors by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and was also a first-team all-district 27-5A selection in his junior season. He was named to the San Antonio Express News Super Team and was the WOAI-TV Player of the Year for the San Antonio area.
As a sophomore, Clarkson averaged 10 points per game while earning honorable mention all-district accolades.
"First, Jordan is a great kid and a great teammate," said Cliff Ellis, the Wagner High School head coach. "On the court, Jordan has a very high skill level and IQ level. He has the ability to shoot the ball and has great instincts on the court. He has become more athletic over the past two seasons, but has always had very keen basketball instincts."
"Jordan is a combo guard who shoots the ball extremely well. We will groom him as a point guard as well, in the mold of a Ben Uzoh. He has a very, very good feel for the game and has played in an excellent high school program," said Wojcik.
Peete, a 6'4" guard, has started his first three seasons at Memphis Central High School and has been a part of 72 victories over that span. Last year, Peete was his school's second-leading scorer having tallied 14.4 points and also averaged five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
He was an all-city selection in each of the last two seasons and a year ago earned honorable mention all-state merits. Peete ranks as a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
"Not many schools had seen Tim because he was hurt in July. He will be a very good player at Tulsa," said Wojcik. "He can really shoot the basketball."
"Tim is a wing player who has grown up playing against great players in the Memphis area, and brings a swagger to our program. He has a wonderful reputation in the city of Memphis, so I believe that adds to the Tulsa-Memphis rivalry in a positive way," added Wojcik.
Peete will be the first player from the city of Memphis on the Tulsa roster since All-American Willie Biles (1971-74)
"What sticks out about Tim the most is that he is a natural-born leader. He has been a joy to coach. He represents all that's right about sports. Tim will have an opportunity to leave Central High School as the school's all-time winningest player," said Central High School Head Coach Andre Applewhite.
"Tulsa is getting a super player. Tim was very impressed with the whole program when he was at Tulsa for their camp," added Applewhite.
Baruti, a native of the Congo, plays at Mesa (Ariz.) High School and was a high school teammate of current Tulsa freshman guard Donte Medder. The 6'9" forward averaged 10 points and just over eight rebounds in his first year of high school competition.
"Blondy has only been in the United States for about a year and half. He's been very well coached in one of the best programs in the state of Arizona," Wojcik said.
"Blondy is a 6'9" athletic forward who can play on the perimeter and guard on the perimeter and yet also plays in the post. He's a multi-dimensional player and could possibly be our most athletic post player immediately," added Wojcik.
Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown/Previous School PPG RPG
Blondy Baruti F 6-9 210 Mesa, Ariz./Mesa HS 10.0 8.0
Jordan Clarkson G 6-4 180 San Antonio, Texas/Wagner HS 20.0 6.0
Tim Peete G 6-4 185 Memphis, Tenn./Central HS 14.4 5.0