Oklahoma Big 12 Preview

Season Preview: Oklahoma

Last Season: 11-20

Key Losses: Jordan Woodard

Key Additions: Trae Young, Brady Manek, Hannes Polla

 

After losing many key pieces, Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma Sooners finished ninth in the Big 12 and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. Although they didn’t have nearly the same personnel as the previous year, it was still a disappointing season considering they had made the Final Four the year before. They lost the long-tenured Jordan Woodard, who was their best player last year, but made up for it by getting one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

 

Their biggest recruiting acquisition came with the athletic 6’2’ Trae Young, from Norman, Oklahoma. Perhaps most of the excitement with this guard comes with his shooting talents though. Young was recruited and watched by teams from all over the country for his ability to put in jumpers. Their other quality recruit, Brady Manek, however, is a 6’9” stretch post player, who is playing his best game when he can draw defenders in order to distribute to other more open teammates.

Although Kruger has a young team that may not be that much better on paper this year compared to last year, the ceiling is infinitely higher with the recruiting class they hauled in. Look for Oklahoma to have a shaky start before they adjust and become sneakily better towards the latter part of the season. Even though this team has potential, it is not fair to expect them to finish in the top half of the Big 12 this year after how poorly they played last year. If things go very well, Oklahoma could be a surprising bubble team for the NCAA tournament this year.

 

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Kameron McGusty

SG: Trae Young

SF: Rashard Odomes

PF: Kristian Doolittle

C: Khadeem Lattin