On the first day of the early signing period for basketball, Tulsa received letters of intent from both of its highly rated commitments, point guard Mitchell Wilbekin and wing Micah Littlejohn.
Wilbekin is a 6-foot-1 and 165-pound guard from The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida. The three-star prospect committed to Tulsa back on September 16th over offers from Texas, Florida State, UCF, South Florida and others. He took his official visit to TU on September 6th.
"It feels great," Wilbekin told InsideTulsaSports.com on Wednesday. "I'm excited about my future with TU. I'm looking forward to getting better and enjoying my senior season."
As a junior last season, Wilbekin averaged 15.2 points and 3.6 assists while earning first-team all-state and state tournament Most Valuable Player honors. He was a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore after averaging 12.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.
"We are very excited about Mitchell Wilbekin becoming a part of our program," said Tulsa head coach Danny Manning. "He has the savvy and understanding of the game, and he has been battle-tested because of the high level of ball played at his high school and competing against his older brother.
"Mitchell has the ability to score and is a good distributor of the ball to his teammates. He is a quality person and a hard worker and will be a great addition to our program. He has developed very well under coach Justin Harden at The Rock School, and his parents, Svend and Katy, are wonderful people and great role models."
Littlejohn is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas. Also a three-star prospect, he committed to the Hurricane on September 28th over offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, UTEP, George Mason, South Florida and others. His official visit to TU was back on October 30th.
"It's a good feeling knowing now that I can focus on just school and basketball and not worry about another coach blowing up my phone," Littlejohn told InsideTulsaSports.com just before signing his letter of intent.
Littlejohn averaged 16 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior at Mansfield last year, earning second-team District 7-5A accolades.
"I'm just trying to lead my team to a winning season and get back to the playoffs," he said of his upcoming senior season.
Littlejohn plans to attend a few Tulsa basketball games this season.
"Micah Littlejohn will be a great addition to our program," said Coach Manning. "He is an athletic wing with the ability to play outside or on the inside and drive and score the ball. Micah has a great work ethic and a wonderful up-bringing by his parents, Michael and Dorothy. He developed very well as a basketball player at Mansfield High with coach Jason Speakes and with the Dallas Mustangs AAU club with coach Tony Johnson."