Oklahoma Preview Capsule
Last season: 11-20
Coach: Lon Kruger.
Conference: Big 12.
Who’s gone: G Jordan Woodard. He was the team’s leading scorer with 14.6 points per game in an injury-shortened senior campaign.
Who’s back: G Kameron McGusty. He was the team’s No. 2 scorer last season as a freshman; G Rashard Odomes, who averaged 10.1 points last season as a sophomore; F Khristian Doolittle, who was one of Oklahoma’s best players in league play but is suspended for the fall semester; C Khadeem Lattin, a senior holdover from the team that reached the Final Four two years ago.
Who’s new: G Trae Young. A McDonald’s All-American who opted to stay in his hometown of Norman. He averaged 42.6 points per game as a senior at Norman North High School; F Brady Manek, who was a standout during Oklahoma’s foreign tour this summer; C Hannes Polla, a freshman from Finland.
The Skinny: Oklahoma reached the Final Four two years ago with Buddy Hield, then rebuilt with young, talented players last season. The players who scraped and clawed through the Big 12 last season now have an elite point guard in Young to tie it all together. The Sooners should be exciting to watch and much improved. A return to the NCAA Tournament is a legitimate goal.
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