Reports: Oklahoma adds two from the portal

Brothers Tanner and Jacob Groves have chosen Oklahoma after starring at Eastern Washington last season
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Tanner Groves

Tanner Groves

Chalk one up to the transfer portal. Two, actually.

New Oklahoma coach Porter Moser reportedly has added a massive commitment to the 2021-22 team in Eastern Washington transfer Tanner Groves.

The news was reported Sunday on Twitter by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Later Sunday, it was reported that Groves' brother, Jacob Groves, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound sophomore, will also transfer to OU, according to a tweet from Jake Lieberman.

Tanner Groves confirmed all the news on Twitter himself on Sunday evening.

Tanner Groves then informally announced his brother's addition to the OU roster as well.

After announcing that a large list of schools that had contacted him, Groves told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman earlier in the week that he had narrowed down a final four: OU, Texas, Washington State and Portland.

Tanner Groves averaged 17.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season, to earn Big Sky Player of the Year accolades, including a 35-point performance against Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He posted nine double-doubles while playing in the Big Sky Conference.

Moser has said he fully intended to mine the transfer portal, and most expected him to land a big man.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Groves can play in the paint but he also shot 35 percent from 3-point range this season. In his three-year career at Eastern Washington, he shot 37.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Still, he did most of his damage inside the stripe, shooting 62.4 percent from 2-point range.

Groves played in 83 games for Eastern Washington, but only became a starter this season, when he made 24 starts and averaged 27 minutes per game.

After shooting 59.5 percent from the floor in a backup role last season, Groves shot 56 perfect this season as a front-line starter.

Jacob Groves

Jacob Groves

Jacob Groves made 14 starts and averaged 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while averaging 22 minutes per game this season.  Groves' big game last year was also against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament, when he scored a season-high 23. He shot 36.4 percent from 3-point range last year and 62.2 percent from inside the stripe.

It’s welcome news for the Sooners, who in the last week watched Brady Manek commit to North Carolina and De’Vion Harmon and Alondes Williams enter the transfer portal.