The Oklahoma Sooners kicked off the 2016-17 basketball campaign, starting their first official practice this week. You can expect a few different things with some not so familiar faces. The roster contains eleven underclassmen and will be extremely young. Here are some players to look for:
Lots of people are wondering if he can be the main guy like Buddy was last year. Jordan carved out a nice niche for himself as he stepped into more of a two guard position with Isaiah sliding over to point. The senior from Arcadia averaged 13.0 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 3.0 RPG. The Sooners will likely look to run offense through him, as he should be the main leader on the floor.
The true freshman who was highly touted coming out of Edmond Memorial will look to make an impact, even as young as he is. Doolittle enjoyed practice yesterday saying “It’s the first practice, so everyone is amped up for the season to technically be here, everyone was hyped up and ready to go. The coaches were pushing us hard today, which was good. It was fun.” Doolittle went on to say that the coaches hold the team to a championship caliber.
One player primed for a breakout year has to be Rashard Odomes. Odomes is an extremely athletic guard and a really solid “three and d” player. He has really started to develop his shot, and the coaches seem very high on him.
Lattin, who started last year wasn’t a huge offensive force. I would expect that to change more this year with a lack of scoring in the lineup. Latin has a smooth jumper and I would guess his back to the basket game has improved quite a bit.
The JuCo transfer was a former 3-star recruit and averaged nearly 18 PPG last year. He should see some significant playing time alongside Jordan Woodard. He shot 42% from long range.
The 6th best overall recruit in Texas and the 33rd best in the USA, McGusty has some pretty lofty expectations. He should see a lot of court time and will make the most of his minutes. A tall, athletic guard who can make big plays. Expect some monster jams.
James was a huge part in the Sooners deep NCAA tournament run. He should be one of the main scoring options with Hield now gone. He shot 50% from three point range and should be the Sooners dead eye in the upcoming season.
This team may be young, but they will for sure be exciting to watch. Stay tuned for practice updates and more Sooner Hoops coverage. BOOMER!