The Duncan Banner

Sports

October 30, 2013

Sooners face roster turnover in 2013

NORMAN — It won't be easy for Oklahoma to build on last season's NCAA tournament appearance.

The Sooners return just six players from last year's team, losing their three top scorers from last season. Oklahoma did get a head start, with a five-game trip to France and Belgium in August.

"With so many new guys and 10 days of practice, we had the opportunity to identify roles and try to develop an identity and personality of the team," coach Lon Kruger said. "It was a jumpstart on that more than anything else."

Last season, Kruger became the first coach to lead five teams to the NCAA tournament as the Sooners made the field for the first time since 2009.

The roles of Oklahoma's three returning sophomore guards will change this season. After moving between the guard spots last season, Je'lon Hornbeak will primarily handle the point to start the season. Isaiah Cousins will play exclusively on the wing after playing at point at times last year.

And then there's Buddy Hield, who was the top scorer of the three as a freshman and appears to be back to 100 percent after breaking his foot late last season and then aggravating the injury in August. Hield altered his shot in the offseason.

fter losing nearly all of their inside scoring production from last season, the Sooners will try to take advantage of the athleticism of the three returning guards to turn up the tempo on the offensive end.

"I feel that we'll run some teams down and I don't think they'll be able to keep up with us," Hield said.

This season, the Sooners have just two seniors in Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal. Neal is expected to be a role player but Clark figures to be back in the starting lineup after starting nearly every game as a freshman and sophomore before coming off the bench in every game last year. Clark was the Sooners' top offensive threat on their five-game trip to Europe in August, averaging 16.8 points per game.

Hornbeak will start the season as Oklahoma's starting point guard but freshman Jordan Woodard has already made a big impression. Woodard is the only true point guard on the roster and could see his role expand quickly. Kruger said that no player on the roster benefited more from the team's August trip to Europe than Woodard. He had more than twice as many assists as any other Sooners player during the five games on the trip.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Duncan tennis sets a new mark of success

    Sustained success for many years makes it difficult for Duncan high school tennis to earn achievements it already hasn’t accomplished.

    July 29, 2014

  • Breaking through For Coffman, All State runs in the family

    Following in his parents’ footsteps, George “Trey” Coffman III takes part in the Oklahoma All State Baseball Game at 7 p.m. in J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • VA’s Allison coaching small-schools

    In his first year at Velma-Alma, Colt Allison led the Comets to a regional final appearance in baseball, took over as the football head coach and was named the small-schools coach for the baseball All State game on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local support Dehydrator breaks participation record

    With 626 participants, the 24th annual Dehydrator shattered its attendance record Saturday, welcoming riders from around the world to Duncan.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ash She is Safe 5K draws more than 100

    More than 100 participants flooded the streets of Duncan last night for the annual She is Safe Run to the Dark 5k.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dehydrator to start Saturday morning

    With the highest ever pre-register attendance in event history, 428, the 24th annual Dehydrator Bike Ride kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Simmons Center.

    July 25, 2014

  • Playing partners Just another day on the course

    Following Thursday’s twosome of Duncan freshman Thomas Strong and sixth-grader Ridge Harris, a casual viewer might forget that they were competing in a golf tournament.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cox Duncan’s Cox shines with 3-over 74

    Tuesday night, Duncan High School golfer Graham Cox stayed up late watching “Batman Begins.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Morrow Marlow trio looking to take next step at state

    The Marlow boys’ golf team finished fifth in the state tournament last year, but with the team actively trying to improve this summer, the Outlaws have their sights set much higher.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results