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Monacan grad Joe Bamisile ready to help Oklahoma basketball

Monacan grad Joe Bamisile ready to help Oklahoma basketball
After a stellar sophomore year at George Washington, Monacan alumni Joe Bamisile will look to help the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team return to March Madness. (Credit: Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

RICHMOND, Va. (BVM) – The name Joe Bamisile is quite familiar to Virginia high school basketball fans. A top 100 recruit nationally in the Class of 2020, Bamisile dominated the hardwood for the Monacan High School Chiefs, averaging 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists as a junior before missing his senior campaign with a knee injury.

This success led Bamisile to Virginia Tech where he spent the 2020-21 season. Over 13 games in Blacksburg, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game. Seeking better opportunities, Bamisile transferred to George Washington for his sophomore season.

His decision worked wonders for the transfer. With the Colonials, Bamisile appeared in all 30 games with 29 starts where he averaged 16.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 45.8% from the floor and 35.1% from beyond the 3-point line.

The sophomore finished the season fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, third in field goal attempts, fourth in field goals made, seventh in total points, ninth in field goal percentage, No. 11 in 3-point attempts, No. 14 in 3-pointers per game and No. 14 total blocks. This helped Bamisile earn All-A-10 third team honors.

Following the dismissal of Colonials head coach Jamion Christian, Bamisile made the decision to transfer once again, this time to the University of Oklahoma.

“Joe is a proven three-level scorer at this level,” Sooners head coach Porter Moser said in a press release. “He has a midrange game, can score at the rim and from three. He is extremely athletic and has the wingspan and frame to be an elite defender. I am excited to have him join our OU family.”

A perennial contender in the Big 12 Conference, the Sooners had a slight down year last season, going 19-16 and missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2016-17 season (not including the COVID-impacted 2020 tournament). While the team did make the National Invitational Tournament and advanced to the event’s second round, the season was still considered a bit of a misstep.

With Bamisile now on board, he will look to build on his performance with the Colonials to help the Sooners return to March Madness. So far, the move seems to be going well. Over four foreign tour games, Bamisilie recorded a team-high 17.3 points and added 6.3 rebounds per game, showing that he should fit right in with the new squad.

As the Sooners prepare to take the court this fall, Bamisile will be there to lead the team into the future. With three years of eligibility left, if he’s able to find success in Oklahoma, Bamisile may have found a home for the long haul.

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