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OU men's basketball roster tracker: Umoja Gibson transfers to DePaul

NORMAN — The transfer portal can bring new talent to a team, but it can also take key pieces away.

That has been the case for OU and head coach Porter Moser. Just one week removed from the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, the Sooners have already begun to see changes to their roster, for better and for worse, via the portal.

Here's a list of OU's roster changes. This article will be updated with any new developments.

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Outgoing transfers

Alston Mason

Oklahoma's Alston Mason (3) tries to get past Northwestern State's Kendal Coleman (4) during an NCAA college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Northwestern State at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

Alston Mason was the first high school signee of the Moser era last offseason, and he became the first player to enter the portal on April 4. He then announced his commitment to Missouri State on April 22.

The 6-foot-1 freshman saw limited time on the court in his lone season with OU. He averaged 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. 

Mason joins a Missouri State team that suffered an 89-72 loss to OU in the opening round of the NIT on March 15. 

The Bears could have an opening at point guard next season. Star floor general Isiaih Mosley declared for the NBA Draft this offseason, although the team remains optimistic that he'll return if he withdraws his name.

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Akol Mawein

Oklahoma forward Akol Mawein, left, shoots in front of Baylor forward Flo Thamba (0) and guard Kendall Brown, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

After becoming the second Sooner to enter the portal on April 7, Akol Mawein committed to Sacramento State on April 19.

Mawein joins former OU associate head coach David Patrick, who finalized a deal to become Sacramento State's head coach on April 5. Mawein is a native of Sydney, Australia, while Patrick was named an assistant coach in 2019 to the Australian men's national basketball team.

Ranked as the top Juco power forward for 2021, Mawein never carved out a consistent role with OU last season. The 6-foot-8 junior averaged 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.7 minutes per game.

Mawein flashed his potential when he did see some action. He averaged 5.5 points and four rebounds in 13.5 minutes per contest during a two-game stretch against Kansas and Baylor in late January but went the rest of the season without logging double-digit minutes in a game.

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Elijah Harkless

A major hit to OU's rotation came on April 11 when Harkless entered the portal as a grad transfer. One week later, Harkless found a new home.

The 6-foot-3 guard announced his commitment to UNLV on April 18. Harkless will play for former Sooners coach Lon Kruger's son, Kevin.

Harkless averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds in 29 minutes per game last season, although his campaign got cut short when he suffered a season-ending injury on Feb. 18.

In addition to being a two-way player, Harkless was a crucial piece for the Sooners because of his ability to move around the lineup. The 6-foot-3 guard played positions 2-4, which made life easier on an OU squad that lacked wing depth.

Addressing that issue on the wing will be a top priority for the Sooners following the departure of Harkless and the graduation of Marvin Johnson, a 6-foot-5 guard who emerged as a spark plug off the bench during postseason play.

Rick Issanza

Oklahoma's Rick Issanza (20) goes up against Florida A&M's Johnny Brown (21) and DJ Jones (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

Rick Issanza became the fourth OU player to enter the transfer portal on April 11. He then transferred to Loyola Marymount on May 9.

The 7-foot-1 center averaged 0.7 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.1 minutes per game last season as a sophomore. Issanza showed glimpses of his shot-blocking ability, although he struggled to generate offense and only attempted a total of eight shots.

Issanza briefly entered the transfer portal last June, but he continued to practice with the Sooners and ultimately withdrew his name from the portal the following month.

Regardless of if Issanza leaves this time around, OU needs to address its depth at the five. Tanner Groves is expected to return, but the Sooners watched backup big man Ethan Chargois graduate this offseason.

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Umoja Gibson

Oklahoma's Umoja Gibson (2) walks off the court after a men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and St. Bonaventure at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, March 20, 2022. St. Bonaventure won 70-68.

Gibson announced via Twitter on April 15 that he would go through the NBA Draft process with the intent of returning to OU if he does choose to continue his college career.

On April 27, he opted to enter the portal as a grad transfer. Gibson then announced his commitment to DePaul on Wednesday.

OU is left with a large hole to fill in the scoring department. Gibson is a 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 13.3 points per game on 39% shooting from the floor last season.

The Sooners don't have much perimeter scoring without Gibson. Excluding the veteran guard, OU shot just 32.8% from 3-point range last season.

In addition to being a sharpshooter, Gibson served as the heart and soul of the Sooners. Players and coaches hailed him as the team's hardest worker, and he rounded out his game to become a bigger threat off the dribble.

With Goldwire and Harkless no longer in the mix, OU will be without three of its five starters from last season.

Incoming transfers

Sam Godwin

Wofford's Sam Godwin (14) dunks in the closing seconds against Furman Saturday, February 6, 2021

OU made its first addition on April 9 when Wofford transfer Sam Godwin agreed to be a walk-on.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game last season as a sophomore. He shot 59.1% from inside the arc and recorded a block rate of 2.2, which ranked second on the team.

A Moore native, Godwin earned 2020 Oklahoma All-State honors in his senior season at Southmoore High School. He showed good shot selection last season at Wofford, although he struggled to stay on the court because he committed a team-high six fouls per 40 minutes.

Godwin should provide solid frontcourt depth behind the likes of Tanner Groves and Jalen Hill, assuming the duo stays intact.

Joe Bamisile

George Washington guard Joe Bamisile (1) shoots against Maryland forward Donta Scott, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

OU secured a commitment from George Washington transfer Joe Bamisile on April 11.

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 16.3 points and five rebounds per game last season as a sophomore. His strong campaign earned him a spot on the Atlantic 10's All-Conference third team.

Bamisile is a crafty ballhandler who can score at all three levels. He shot 53.3% from inside the arc and 35.1% from deep, which helped him rank second on the Colonials in effective field goal percentage (53%).

Bamisile also uses his athleticism to his advantage on defense. He regularly attacks the glass and is capable of blocking shots.

The question becomes when Bamisile will be able to suit up for the Sooners. He'll need an NCAA waiver to play this upcoming season because he's a two-time transfer who moved from Virginia Tech to George Washington last offseason.

If Bamisile is granted immediate eligibility, he'll be one of OU's more capable scorers. His role could be similar to Johnson's spark-plug role last season, but he could be an even more prominent piece depending on who else the Sooners land via the portal.

Targeted transfers

Illinois State transfer Josiah Strong: Strong is a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds on 40.9% shooting from deep as a senior last season. Strong told 336 Edits on May 3 that he has narrowed his list down to OU, Wake Forest, Colorado State, California and Illinois State.

Missouri State transfer Isiaih Mosley: Mosley is a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 20.4 points per game as a junior last season while shooting 50.4% from the floor, 42.7% from deep and 90.2% from the free throw line. Rivals' Travis Graf reported on May 1 that Mosley has received interest from OU, Kansas, Duke and numerous other programs.

Washington State transfer Efe Abogidi: Abogidi is a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 8.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a sophomore last season. Abogidi told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein on April 20 that he has cut his list to OU, Kansas State, Houston and nine other programs.

Vanderbilt transfer Shane Dezonie: Dezonie is a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11 minutes per game on 56% shooting from deep as a freshman last season. Dezonie told Weingarten on March 28 that he has heard from OU, Pittsburgh, Clemson and numerous other programs.

Incoming recruits

Otega Oweh

Otega Oweh became the first commit for OU's Class of 2022 on Oct. 1, 2021.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is a four-star prospect from Blairstown, New Jersey who ranks 72nd in the ESPN 100. He chose OU over more than two dozen other offers.

Oweh uses his strength to brush off contact on his way to the rim. He's also a capable shooter from behind the arc and a versatile defender.

Adjusting to the physicality of the Big 12 shouldn't be an issue for Oweh, who will be a valuable piece to OU if he can continue to improve his ballhandling and jump shot.

The Sooners are in need of depth at the two following Gibson's decision to enter the portal and the graduation of Johnson.

Milos Uzan

Milos Uzan joined OU's Class of 2022 on Oct. 17, 2021.

The 6-foot-4 point guard is a consensus four-star prospect from Glendale, Arizona who ranks 53rd in the ESPN 100. He chose OU over offers from California, UNLV, Utah and numerous other programs.

Uzan is a strong facilitator, but he's also capable of creating for himself. The three-level scorer is a constant threat with the ball in his hands.

Despite not being the strongest player, Uzan finds ways to impact the game on defense as well. He's an active defender who regularly gets into passing lanes.

Uzan provides point guard depth for an OU team that is lost Goldwire to graduation this offseason. 

Benjamin Schroder

Benjamin Schroder committed to OU on Oct. 20, 2021.

The 6-foot-8 forward is a promising international prospect. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds on 71% shooting from the floor at the 2021 FIBA U18 European Challengers for Germany.

Schroder is a crafty ball handler who thrives in transition. He's capable of knocking shots down from deep, but he prefers to put the ball on the deck and finish at the rim.

Schroder provides wing depth for an OU team that watched Harkless transfer to UNLV on April 18.

Luke Northweather

OU added to its freshman class on April 29 with the commitment of Luke Northweather.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Jefferson City, Missouri is a consensus three-star prospect. He chose OU over Missouri and Wisconsin.

Northweather dominated in his senior season at Blair Oaks. High School. He averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior at Blair Oaks High School, which led to him being selected as the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year.

Northweather is more than a big body in the paint. He doesn't shy away from putting the ball on the deck, and he knocks down 3-point shots with confidence.

OU's frontcourt is in need of more size. The Sooners watched Issanza enter the transfer portal on April 11, and Mawein followed Patrick to Sacramento State on April 19.

Justin Martinez can be reached at jmartinez@oklahoman.com or @JTheSportsDude on Twitter. Make sure to subscribe to The Oklahoman to stay up to date with all local sports.