Sampson Announces Signing of Juco All-American

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team added junior college All-American Terrell Everett to its 2004-05 plans when it received his national letter of intent Monday, according to head coach Kelvin Sampson.  Everett, a 6-4, 185-pound left-handed Southwest Missouri State-West Plains product, earned second-team All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Everett averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game for the 24-8 Grizzlies in 2003-04 and also led his squad in rebounds (5.7 rpg) and steals (2.7 spg).  His 5.1 assists per game ranked second on the team.  Regarded as a slasher who likes to take the ball to the basket, Everett averaged 6.4 free throw attempts per game.  He shot .580 from the field and .747 from the foul line.  He also made 15 three-pointers on 58 attempts (.259).

A native of Charleston, S.C., Everett posted individual highs of 38 points, 10 assists, eight steals and 14 free throws during his two-year SMS-West Plains career.  He was the team’s point guard in 2002-03 and played on the wing this past season.

“Terrell Everett is an outstanding guard,” said Sampson.  “He loves to get into the lane and does a great job of getting to the rim.  I really like his game he’s an excellent driver and free throw shooter who possesses a high basketball I.Q. and just makes plays.  He’s a good all-around player.

“Terrell has very good individual ability, but perhaps the thing I like about him most is that he’s a team-first guy.  That was very evident during our recruitment of him.  He’s a good kid with high character who will be a great addition to the Oklahoma basketball family.”

Tom Barr, Everett’s coach at SMS-West Plains, said, ”Number one, Terrell is a great kid.  He’s never missed a practice in his two years here and he’s always where he supposed to be when he’s supposed to be.  He’s quiet by nature, but when that ball goes up he’s all business.  Terrell has great instincts that seem to really help him on defense.  He always seems like he’s a step ahead and knows where the ball will be.  On offense, he’s probably the most versatile player we’ve had here.  He can play three positions point guard, shooting guard and small forward.  He’ll be good for Oklahoma.”

Added junior college recruiting analyst Jerry Mullen of Everett. “I’ve seen him play a lot and he’s outstanding on the defensive end of the court.  Man, he can really guard the ball.  He’s got long arms and excellent lateral quickness.  And I like his athleticism and ball skills.  He’s really good off the dribble and can create for himself or for others.  He’s kind of wiry but is stronger than he looks.  He’s a really good prospect.”

Everett, who will have two years of eligibility as a Sooner, attended the same junior college as Jason Detrick.  Detrick, a junior college All-American during the 2000-01 campaign, was a senior and the leading scorer on this past season’s OU squad.

Everett joins first-team junior college All-American Taj Gray and prep school standout Longar Longar as members of OU’s current recruiting class.  The Sooners have one more available scholarship to offer.