Hannes Pöllä will be a Sooner.

Hannes Pöllä
Lon Kruger will feature Pöllä offensively at center.

The Oklahoma Sooners picked up a big commitment, both literally and figuratively, from 6-11 Finnish center Hannes Pöllä.

Pöllä chose Lon Kruger and the Sooners over other offers from Penn State and Tulane.

About a week ago, Pöllä took recruiting trips to Oklahoma, as well as Penn State and Tulane.

Helsinki Basketball Academy coach Hanno Möttölä talked to Scout.com about Pöllä .

“He had three real good choices and I think with Oklahoma, everything came together.  He wants to play at the highest level and play for an extremely good coach. Obviously, I played for coach Kruger, so it was a situation where he felt very comfortable and he had a great visit. The intriguing part at a high-level program like Oklahoma is they want to make him a feature center.”

The 18-year-old is a throwback, back-t0-the-basket center who has shown a strong ability to score on the block.

Möttölä went on to describe Pöllä’s game:

“Hannes is a scorer on the block and an offensive force,” Möttölä added. “In todays game coaches are looking for athletic big guys that can screen and roll, but from talking to coach Kruger they’ll use him differently. Hannes felt comfortable that he’ll be able to be a center and not a screener and rebounder. He’s an old school center that will translate in the Big 12.”

Pöllä played for Finland at the U18 Nordic Championships over the summer.

Throughout the tournament, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.

He becomes the second member of Oklahoma’s 2017 class, joining power forward Brady Manek.


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