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Longar is Big 12 Player of the Week
January 02, 2007

NORMAN, Okla.  Oklahoma junior center Longar Longar was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday for games Dec. 25-31 by a panel of media covering the conference.

In OU’s only game of the week, Longar recorded his third double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as the Sooners posted a 69-42 win over SMU on Dec. 28.  The Mustangs entered the game with a 9-1 record.

The 6-11, 228-pound Longar was 7-for-11 from the field and added an assist and a blocked shot.  He also got to the foul line for a career-high 10 free throw attempts.

On the season, Longar is averaging 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game, all team highs.  He is also shooting a team-best .591 from the field.  Longar has been especially effective in Oklahoma’s victories this season, averaging 16.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting .636 from the floor in those eight contests.

Born in Sudan, Longar attended high school in Rochester, Minn., and then played one year at Laurinburg (N.C.) Prep before coming to OU.  He averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds a game over his first two seasons in an Oklahoma uniform and has already scored 32 more points in 11 games this year than he did over the previous two combined.

Longar shares the Player of the Week award with Texas A&M’s Josh Carter, who scored 24 points in the Aggies’ win over Grambling State.  Texas’ Kevin Durant was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week.

Longar and the 8-4 Sooners will begin Big 12 play this Saturday at Texas Tech at 12:30 p.m. CST.

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