Former Mississippi State basketball player Romero Osby said Sunday that he will transfer to Oklahoma.
Osby, a 6-foot-8 forward who spent two years at MSU, visited the Norman campus over the weekend and said he didn’t give any other schools serious consideration. He left the Bulldogs because he didn’t feel he fit coach Rick Stansbury’s system.
“They were just interested in my skill level,” Osby said of coach Jeff Capel and his staff. “They knew I could play, and I would fit their system. … Coach said he’s not gonna treat me like a robot and treat me like a player.”
Osby was a key reserve for MSU in his two years there. In 71 career games, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
He joins an Oklahoma program that went 13-18 last season, including 4-12 in Big 12 play, but it reached the conference championship game.
Per NCAA rules, Osby must sit out the 2010-11 season.
“I think coach Capel, he really lets his threes and his fours be very versatile and lets them play at a high level,” Osby said. “He told me, and I believe him, he’s gonna put me in a situation to help me be successful.”
Osby is one of two Bulldogs to leave early this spring. Point guard Dee Bost entered the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.
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