McKenzie will be eligible in 2006-07

Updated: May 5, 2005, 5:04 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Thursday.

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 me."

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."

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