Cardwell to join Tulsa

Updated: August 28, 2003, 3:29 PM ET

TULSA, Okla. -- Brian Cardwell, a former Oklahoma prep basketball star who's been pitching in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, will play basketball at Tulsa this year, the university said Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 Cardwell originally signed with Tulsa in 1999 out of Sapulpa High School, where he averaged 17.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a senior.

Cardwell, 22 will enter Tulsa as a freshman and will be eligible to play immediately, spokesman Don Tomkalski said.

"In high school, Brian was an extremely skilled big man," Tulsa coach John Phillips said. "He was a terrific passer, excellent shooter as well as a solid rebounder and shot-blocker. He had great shooting range for his size.

"With his work ethic, hopefully it will not take too long for him to return to that type of basketball form," he said.

Cardwell joins junior college transfers Guiherme Teichmann and Oswaldo Gonzalez, freshman Charles Ramsdell and sophomore Anthony Price down low for the Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa's front line was hurt by the departures of starters Kevin Johnson and Charlie Davis and, to a lesser extent, by reserve forward Aliou Keita's decision this summer to leave the program.

The Blue Jays selected Cardwell with their fourth round pick in 1999, and he completed his professional baseball career with 10 victories and a 5.34 earned run average.

He pitched this year for the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays in the Florida State League, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA.

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