Stress is over for Je'lon Hornbeak

Being on the same basketball team as Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep), it’s easy for Je’lon Hornbeak to be overshadowed.

Austin, 7-foot and 200 pounds, is ranked No. 3 in the ESPNU 100. But Wednesday was a big day for both of them as Hornbeak signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma and Austin did the same with Baylor.

“It felt great to have it all over with,” Hornbeak said. “I don’t have to impress any more coaches, no more visits. I’m a Sooner.”

Hornbeak, 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, is a two-star prospect. He committed to OU after an official visit in October.

"He’s more of a combo guard, point and off; he’s rangy and can score a lot of different ways," OU coach Lon Kruger said Wednesday. "He loves to score, he’s a gym rat, all of that stuff that you like."

One of the biggest reasons why Hornbeak chose the Sooners was because of how close OU is to Arlington, which he said will allow his family to get to see him play. He can be a scorer, but what helped him stand out was his defense.

“Je’lon loves to do the little things, likes to get in there and do the dirty work,” Grace Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “He’s a quality player and a quality kid.”

Hornbeak had the opportunity to play against fellow OU signee Buddy Hield (Bel Aire, Kan./Sunrise Christian) last weekend at the Elite 14 event in Wichita Falls, Texas. Hornbeak said he is excited to be in the backcourt with Hield as the two got to know each other more.

With his signing in the books, Hornbeak is ready to focus on his senior season.

“Confidence is the biggest difference for me this season,” Hornbeak said. “I feel a lot more confident with everything I’m doing on the court.”