6-foot-8 lengthy forwards don’t exactly grow on trees at the mid-major level, so Greg Kampe’s staff pulled down quite a branch on this one.
Scoop goes to Steve Bell of BankHoops via Twitter, and a source confirmed that former Saginaw High and West Virginia forward Tommie McCune has committed to Oakland and will begin taking summer classes there beginning this Monday.
McCune, who averaged 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per game in 13 contests last season, will will presumably sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA eligibility rules, but will present matchup problems galore for Summit League opponents if he lives up to his billing when he takes the court. He was ranked No. 102 on Rivals150 for the class of 2011, making him the highest rated player Oakland has landed according to high school rankings by the site.
West Virginia MetroNews had this from Mountaineers basketball coach Bob Huggins regarding his departure from the program:
“He said, ‘Coach, I love it here,'” Huggins said. “He said ‘I love the people, but I need to play and I’m looking around, saying I can’t sit here and waste another year and not play.'”
He becomes the second transfer that Oakland’s staff has landed over the off-season, along with Dayton transfer Ralph Hill. Other notable transfers in recent history for the Golden Grizzlies have included Reggie Hamilton (UMKC), Laval Lucas-Perry (Arizona/Michigan) and Larry Wright (St. John’s).
During my time at MichiganPreps, I ranked McCune tenth in Michigan’s 2011 high school class, just behind LaDontae Henton (Providence) and Patrick Lucas-Perry (Penn). McCune, with 3-point shooting capabilities and a lanky frame, has the ability to be a nightmare in Oakland’s conference at the forward position. He averaged 16 ppg and 9 rpg for Lou Dawkins’ Trojans his senior year, and had double-digit offers from BCS programs before committing to WVU. He’s got good handles for his size, and the ability to play out on the wing or play in the post, especially in the Summit League.