Alexander had shoulder surgery April 1

Updated: June 10, 2004, 8:04 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Oklahoma guard De'Angelo Alexander will transfer to Charlotte, 49ers coach Bobby Lutz said Thursday.

Alexander, whose 9.9 points and five rebounds per game each ranked third on the Sooners last season, will have two years of eligibility remaining for the 49ers. He'll sit out next season because of NCAA transfer guidelines but will be allowed to practice with Charlotte.

When he announced in April that he was leaving Oklahoma, Alexander said playing time was among the reasons.

Lutz said Alexander, a 6-foot-5 guard, would fill the holes created after the 49ers' starting wing players, Eddie Basden and Brendan Plavich, completed their senior seasons.

"De'Angelo is an excellent fit for our program," Lutz said, "both in terms of style of play and timing. He's a relentless rebounder from the wing who can shoot well and create opportunities."

Alexander dislocated his right shoulder in the Sooners' first practice last fall, then aggravated the injury in Oklahoma's season-ending loss to Michigan in the NIT.

Alexander had surgery April 1 and the Sooners had expected him to be out four to five months but return in time for fall practice.

"Charlotte is a place where I will have a great opportunity to try to help them get to the next level. I want to help them get to the Final Four within the next couple of years," Alexander said. "I know coach Lutz is a good coach and they have a real good system.

"They let you go as long as you get back and defend and that's the way I like to play. They want to win."

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