NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced Thursday that junior college big man Edson Avila has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Sooners and will join the OU program for the 2013-14 season.
Avila is a 6-10, 225-pound sophomore at Seward County (Kan.) Community College who earned first-team all-region honors this past season after averaging 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocked shots and 1.0 assist per game while shooting .580 from the field. He helped the Saints to a 25-8 record after they went 31-7 and finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament his freshman season. Both squads won the Jayhawk Conference's West Division.
Avila started all 30 games in which he played as a sophomore and scored in double figures 20 times. He recorded four double-doubles on the season, including a 24-point, 11-rebound effort against Colby Community College.
Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Avila was an AAU teammate of OU sophomore-to-be Isaiah Cousins for a year in high school. Cousins hails from Mount Vernon, N.Y.
The Sooners are coming off a 20-12 season in which they went 11-7 in the Big 12 and tied for fourth place. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time in the last 31 years.