After losing to them earlier in the season and blasting them by 21 in Stillwater, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will square off this evening in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. As you'll read inside, the Cowboys are looking forward to getting another shot at a team they...[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER KEITH "Tiny" GALLON Power Forward/Center University of Oklahoma Sooners #24 6:08.5-302 Vallejo, California Oak Hill Academy Atascocita High School Humble High School
OVERVIEW The well-traveled prep star attended three different high schools before his college career began. After one turbulent season at Oklahoma, Gallon is on the move again.
Whether attacking the basket or facing up to it, Gallon shows promise as an inside scorer and has also begun to develop an efficient mid-range game. Scouts have marveled at the 300-pounder executing nimble spin moves and consistently shows good footwork. However, it's clear he has a lot to learn about the game.
Gallon's high school road tour began at Humble High as a freshman. The following season, he transferred to Atascocita High before moving on to Oak Hill Academy for his final two seasons. He was rated the ninth-best player in the country (second-ranked center) by Rivals.com and 11th overall (third-ranked center) by both ESPN.com and Scout.com.
As a senior, Gallon averaged 16.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting .591 percent from the floor and .685 from the free throw line for national runner up Oak Hill Academy (40-1). He also shot .342 from 3-point range (27-for-79), picking up team MVP honors, in addition to being named the 2009 Gatorade Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year.
As a junior, Gallon helped Oak Hill to a 34-4 record and national third-place ranking, after he averaged 12.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and shot .659 from the field. 124 of his field goals during two years at Oak Hill came via dunks. After his senior season, he led all scorers with 20 points in the McDonald's All-American Game and added seven boards in 21 minutes. He also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic.
Gallon had an up-and-down season with the Sooners in 2009-10, as Oklahoma suffered through its first losing season in 29 years. There were injuries to such stars as Willie Warren and Gallon being investigated by the school and NCAA. Oklahoma opened an internal investigation after TMZ.com reported that Gallon had taken a $3,000 wire transfer from a Florida financial adviser last August.
That investigation led to the coaching staff suspending Gallon briefly in February, leaving him home when they went to Stillwater to play in-state rival Oklahoma State. Sources told OUHoops.com that Gallon's suspension was due to concerns over improper contact with an agent prior to the beginning of the season.
Gallon was allowed to return to the team, even while the investigation was ongoing. The center went on to start 21 of the 30 games in which he appeared. He finished fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game. He led the Sooners with 238 rebounds (7.9 per game) and 23 blocked shots. He was also credited with 21 steals and 24 assists, impressive totals for a player of his size.
Gallon, nicknamed "Tiny," ranked sixth in the Big Twelve Conference and first among league freshmen with seven double-doubles. He scored in double figures 16 times and registered seven double-double performances.
On April 20, the university announced that Gallon, along with guard Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin, had all left the team to enter the 2010 NBA Draft.
GAME ANALYSIS Scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Baylor...Recorded 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds in a win over Oklahoma State...Tallied 18 points and 15 boards vs. Mount St. Mary's, as his 15 rebounds in that season opener were most by an OU freshman in a collegiate debut since Alvin Adams in 1972...Flipped in 15 points and came up with eleven boards vs. Larry Sanders and his Virginia Commonwealth team... Closed out November with 15 points and nine rebounds vs. Houston, followed by another 15 points to go with 12 boards vs. Nicholls State...Blocked three shots, had two steals, scored 16 points and tallied 15 rebounds vs. Centenary...Sat out the 2/13 clash vs. Oklahoma State due to a suspension, but returned the next game to post ten rebounds vs. Colorado...Snared nine rebounds while putting up 15 points vs. Texas.
2009-10 SEASON Played in 30 of team's 31 games and made 21 starts...Ranked fourth on the team in scoring with a 10.3-point average (310 total), as he made 122-of-223 field goals (54.7 percent), 4-of-17 three-point attempts (23.5 percent) and 62-of-89 free throws (69.7 percent)...Ranked eighth in the Big Twelve Conference with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game (238 total)...His rebounding average led all Big 12 freshmen...Led the Sooners with 23 blocked shots, as he handed out 24 assists and was credited with 21 steals...Ranked sixth in the league and first among freshmen with seven double-double performances...Scored in double figures 16 times and registered double figures in rebounds on nine occasions...Tied Tony Crocker for the team lead with four disqualifications, as he was charged with a team-high 85 personal fouls and had 70 turnovers.
CAREER NOTES In one season at Oklahoma, Gallon put his name in the school's freshman record book...He ranks fourth among all freshmen with 238 rebounds and an average of 7.9 boards per game...He tied Johnnie Gilbert (2000-01) for sixth on the frosh list with 23 blocked shots and also tied Alvin Adams (1972-73) for sixth in that record chart with a field goal percentage of .547...Ranks eighth among Sooners freshmen in scoring average (10.3 points per game) and field goals made (122)...Placed ninth in that record book by making 62 free throws and also in points scored (310).
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Humble (Tex.) High School as a freshman and then transferred to Atascocita (Humble, Tex.) High as a sophomore...Spent his final two seasons at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, playing basketball for head coach Steve Smith...Rated the ninth-best player in the country (second-ranked center) by Rivals.com and 11th overall (third-ranked center by both ESPN.com and Scout.com)...As a senior, Gallon averaged 16.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting .591 from the floor and .685 from the free throw line for national runner up Oak Hill Academy (40-1)...Also shot .342 from 3-point range (27-for-79), picking up team MVP honors, in addition to being named the 2009 Gatorade Virginia High School Basketball Player of the Year...As a junior, Gallon helped Oak Hill to a 34-4 record and national third-place ranking, after he averaged 12.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and shot .659 from the field...124 of his field goals during two years at Oak Hill came via dunks.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE After his senior season, he led all scorers with 20 points in the McDonald's All-American Game and added seven boards in 21 minutes...Also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic.
PERSONAL Communications major...One of just eight McDonald's All-Americans to ever play at the University of Oklahoma...Sister, Donnisha Tate, played basketball at Mississippi State (was a senior in 2008-09)...Son of Sylvia Wright...Born in Vallejo, California, and lived there until eighth grade when he moved to Houston, Texas.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Massive rebounder who has a pretty decent game facing the basket, but due to a lack of height, will have to adjust to playing a traditional power forward role at the next level...Has the length (7-foot-4 1/2 wingspan) and reach (9'1.5") that teams look for in rebounders and shot-blockers...Strong and physical crashing the boards, especially getting to the ball on the offensive glass...Can step back and loft a nice jumper from mid-range, which forces the lumbering centers out of the paint to defend...Surprised scouts with nimble footwork in the post, but scouts would like to see less finesse and a little more aggression driving to the rim...Shows a quick spin move and knows how to use his body to get separation when fading backward...While he lacks consistency, he has the wide-bodied frame that should help him as a low-post scorer at the next level...Efficient ball-handler who uses his size well to take the opponent off the dribble...Has a strong lower base that prevents the opponent from backing up to the basket in attempts to gain position on him under the net...Gets good leverage when stopping post-up shots...Can vary his speed and is adept using pump fakes and hesitation moves to force his man to commit before firing a jump shot...Has the hands to secure the one-bounce pass and drive to the basket...Can put the ball on the floor for a dribble or two without creating a turnover and scored many of his points on putbacks...Has enough hip flexibility to get his shot off working off the dribble...Lacks great perimeter range, but has worked hard to improve his mid-range jumper...Feathers the ball into the basket with either hand on lay-ups and is best when coming off the left side of the key...Willing to throw an elbow from time-to-time without officials noticing his motives... Plays well with his back to the basket, using his strength to gain position and make himself available for a post-up move...Gets fed well by his guards on the pick-and-roll, using his body well to push off his man and fire in the short-area shot...Does a good job of sealing off his man with his arm strength and is best when attacking the opponent off the dribble.
Negatives: There are major concerns about his maturity level and enthusiasm for working to improve the weaknesses in his game...Needs to be monitored constantly, especially in the offseason, as he is known to enjoy the dining table more than he does the training room (has had weight issues in the past)...While the Oklahoma staff wished him well when he announced he was leaving school after one year, he did not blend well with others and had issues with authority...Was part of a long investigation into whether or not he had accepted money from an agent prior to his freshman season...Has good court quickness, but can't be considered explosive...Will lose concentration and "go through the motions" when he does not get his number called...Acts like he's a shooting guard by parking more on the perimeter to execute his shot, even though it is obvious that he has the drive and power to be a big problem to contain when he drives to the basket...Needs to play with a better handle, as most of his costly turnovers occurred when he drove into traffic rather than looking for a better scoring option...For a player his size, he seems too passive at times...His lack of dedication is a concern.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: EDDY CURRY, New York -- It's a shame to see talent go to waste, but like Curry, you wonder if there's motivation beyond cashing the paycheck. He has good scoring ability and strength, but needs to dedicate many hours to training and refine his dining choices. Curry's career -- talented big man who wasted countless chances -- could be a harbinger for Gallon if he doesn't change his approach. Glen Davis could be a motivational story for Gallon -- he turned his game and life around. Gallon needs to figure out if he's the next Davis or the next Curry. His size and potential make him a draft consideration, but you are going to need a drill sergeant to ride Gallon if you want to see Gallon realize his vast potential.