Benjamin Schroder, one of the top European basketball prospects, announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday as part of its 2022 recruiting class.
Schroder, an 18-year-old forward who's been a standout at the youth level in Germany, told ESPN's Jonathan Givony that the Sooners' coaches played a key role in his decision.
"The recruiting process was a different experience from the very beginning," he said. "They seemed really to care about me, not only as a player, but also as a person. Head coach Porter Moser, associate head coach David Patrick and the whole coaching staff want to win championships."
Schroder played for the Oberhaching Tropics in Germany's Pro B League during the 2020-21 season. He averaged 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 42.3 percent from the field across 12 appearances (10 starts), per RealGM.
The 6'7'' forward also produced standout performances with the German youth national teams at the U16 European Championship in 2019 and the FIBA U18 European Challengers earlier this year.
He averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during the European Challengers and shot an eye-popping 71.0 percent from the field, per Givony.
Schroder told ESPN he's already finished high school and will take a gap year while potentially playing lower-division basketball in Germany before joining the Sooners.
"We talked to a lot of different schools, including some Ivy League programs and other schools from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12," he said. "I had five other scholarship offers, but I am absolutely sure about Oklahoma and wanted to commit during the early signing period to put the focus on my game again."
A promising two-way player, he explained his decision to play college basketball in the U.S. rather than professionally overseas is focused around learning the American style of play.
"I want to be the best basketball player I can become, while having as much fun as possible," Schroder told Givony. "The U.S. plays a different style of basketball and will give me a chance to work with the best coaches, facilities and physical programs in the world. I also love the States and hope it will be a good personal experience beside basketball."
His experience in Europe should allow him to become an instant-impact player for Oklahoma and gives him long-term NBA upside if his development arc continues at its current rate.