McKenzie will be eligible in 2006-07

MINNEAPOLIS -- Guard Lawrence McKenzie, who was a part of
four state basketball championships at Minneapolis Henry High
School, finalized his transfer from Oklahoma to Minnesota on

McKenzie accepted a scholarship to begin attending the school
this fall and will be eligible to play for the Gophers in the
2006-07 season as a junior.

"It's a great opportunity for me to come home and win at
home," said McKenzie, who started 26 of 61 games for the Sooners
over the last two seasons -- averaging 8.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and
1.2 assists. "I just felt right like it was the right place for

McKenzie scored in double figures 16 times last season. He'll
come in handy after Minnesota loses guards Vince Grier and Adam
Boone after the 2005-06 season.

"Lawrence is a proven player at the highest level," coach Dan
Monson said. "He's a local product who has asked for a fresh start
and we're very happy to give him one and have him join our
basketball family."