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SAD NEWS: Game betrayer John Calipari massage to Mark Pope

Mark Pope and Kentucky have landed a commitment from Oklahoma guard/small forward Otega Oweh.”Otega shot 37 percent from the 3-point line last year,” Pope said via press release. “He’s elite at earning trips to the free-throw line and he brings a special physicality and intensity to the game. Otega spent his entire season last year picking up the point guard full court in the Big 12. His tenacity on the court is contagious and his humility off the court is going to endear himself to Big Blue Nation.”

Oweh, a Newark, New Jersey native, signed with Oklahoma in the class of 2022. He was a four-star prospect ranked the 91st best player in the country, the ninth-best shooting guard, and the second-best player from the state of New Jersey.

The 6-foot-5 guard/forward played in 32 games as a freshman during the 2022-23 season and started nine games. On the year, he averaged 4.8 points per game, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.3 percent from three and 25.0 percent from three.

This past season, Oweh played in 32 games starting 28 and logging an average of 24.8 minutes per game. He averaged 11.4 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game. He shot 49.3 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Oweh scored 16 points with four rebounds in the Sooners Big 12 Tournament loss to TCU, dropped a season-high 23 points with five rebounds in a loss to North Carolina and scored 20 points in a win over UA Pine Bluff.

He is a four-star transfer portal ranked prospect ranked as the 24th best player in the transfer portal and as the fifth best small forward.

Oweh had taken visits to Oregon and Texas A&M. He has two years of remaining eligibility.

The former Sooner is Kentucky’s third transfer portal commitment of the offseason, joining three-time CAA defensive player of the year Amari Williams from Drexel and defending Mountain West defensive player of the year Lamont Butler from San Diego State. He is the fifth scholarship piece of Pope’s debut Kentucky roster, joining Williams and incoming freshmen Travis Perry and Collin Chandler.

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Dylan Lewis has continued visiting Tennessee on a regular basis since announcing his commitment to the Vols more than six months ago. Earlier this month, he was back in Knoxville again to attend one of Tennessee’s spring practices.The experience was nothing new for the Class of 2025 cornerback from Milton (Ga.) High School, who had already been to one of the Vols’ spring practices last year. But he enjoyed returning to Tennessee on April 6 for the second time in a little more than two months and spending more time with coach Josh Heupel‘s staff and other recruits.

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Updated SEC power rankings after spring practice are here ahead of the 2024 college football season. The updated prospectus focuses on transfer portal roster moves along with projected two-deeps and offseason coaching changes. The SEC expands with Texas and Oklahoma, two perennial title contenders and national recruiting powerhouses — in other words, ideal fits for one of the nation’s super-conferences.Nine of the SEC’s 16 teams joined the latest preseason top 25, including several inside the top 10 as expanded College Football Playoff contenders. The SEC’s string of titles ended last fall via Michigan’s unbeaten season, and the Longhorns will get a chance to end the Wolverines’ lengthy winning streak in Week 2 this fall.

This is not a ranking indicative of how we’re projecting teams will finish in 2024, but is more of a look at rosters coming out of spring and which programs would win head-to-head matchups with each other if games were played next week.

There’s no need to pile on. Clark Lea might have the toughest Power conference job in the country, leading a Vanderbilt team playing opponents with talent advantages every week during league play. That’s mostly why he’s 2-22 in the SEC over this first three years in Nashville. He’s a bright football mind and took it upon himself this offseason to make wholesale changes on his staff, bringing New Mexico State’s Tim Beck to call the offense (along with NMSU quarterback Diego Pavia, who arrives this summer) and will handle the defense on his own. Lea previously served as Notre Dame’s DC before arriving at Vanderbilt, so he knows what he’s doing. Whether the Commodores execute will determine if 2024’s successful or a wash.

Jeff Lebby promises an explosive offense in Starkville during his tenure, but expecting everything to come together for this program in Year 1 might be asking too much. Like most first-year coaches flipping a roster, Lebby went transfer portal-heavy to try and field a competitive group and players that fit his system. Louisville wideout Kevin Coleman and UTEP’s Kelly Akharaiyi are potential big-play threats if ex-Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen has time to throw. Nearly every starter along the offensive line is new to the program and the same goes for the defense up front.

Nearly half of the Razorbacks’ starting 22 will be transfers for Sam Pittman, whose seat will be scorching in November if Arkansas hasn’t shown progress over the first few months of the season. Much of the team’s stock is in Bobby Petrino and Boise State transfer quarterback Taylen Green, along with several new faces at the back end of the defense. Arkansas let multi-year starter KJ Jefferson leave for UCF with Green in the crosshairs. The Razorbacks lost a couple of their best defenders to the NFL Draft or portal and Rocket Sanders, a running back who earned All-SEC honors in 2022, left the program for South Carolina. Like many conference teams in the mid to bottom tier, a revised collection of parts could benefit the Razorbacks

South Carolina’s anxious to see if offensive line plays improves with a number of key players along with several high-profile freshmen who are going to help. That said, there’s no clear-cut top wide receiver for the Gamecocks after spring to replace first-round pick Xavier Legette since former five-star Nyck Harbor focused on track in preparation for the Olympics this summer and Juice Wells bolted for Ole Miss. Redshirt freshman quarterback LaNorris Sellers faces immense pressure as the (projected) first-time starter. The running room is new with three portal additions, including Sanders. Defensively, South Carolina should be better and made sure to address needs at linebacker with a couple possible impact guys. The Gamecocks are a wait and see team.

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