Earlier this week, I had the chance to talk to star sophomore guard Kameron McGusty. As most of you have seen on the court, he is a phenomenal player. Not only is he talented on the court but he is a complete stand-up guy off the court as well. McGusty is extremely mature for his age and wants to do everything he possibly can to help the Sooners win next year. And yes, he has some lofty expectations.
Out of high school, Kameron McGusty was the prized player of the Sooners recruiting class in 2016. He was ranked as the 33rd overall player and the seventh best shooting guard. He finished up his senior season of high school at Sunrise Christian Academy, which just so happened to be Buddy Hield’salma mater. There was the Oklahoma tie. Besides that, he liked Oklahoma from the beginning. McGusty fell in love with the coaching staff and appreciated the “family” feeling inside the team. All of this factored in to him eventually committing to and signing with the Sooners.
As a freshman at Oklahoma, McGusty appeared in all 31 games. He ended the year averaging 10.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. InBig 12 play, his points skyrocketed up to 14.4 per game. McGusty was namedan All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and was selected as a member of the Big 12 All-Newcomer team. People took notice of that and are on the lookout for McGusty in the upcoming season. I asked McGusty what he learned from his freshman season and his experiences of battling adversity and his answer was precise. “I learned a lot,” he said, “last season helped us all grow individually and also as a team. Now, we all know what it takes to finish games and really make it over that hump especially in game-timesituations.” McGusty was referring to the Sooners inability to close out games last year, as they lost 11 games by less than 10 points.
This offseason, Oklahoma added another prized recruit. 5-starpoint guard Trae Young looks to make an immediate impact and form a dynamic duo with McGusty. I asked McGusty to describe what the back-court is going to belike with both he and Trae. His response was plain and simple. “Scary.” McGusty followed it up by adding “We all know that Trae can score. People really don’t realize how great of a passer he is. We can both score and get to the bucket. I can also find him in transition orkick it out to him when I drive to the hole. We can both get after it on defense as well. There are just so many ways that we can help this team win.” Kameron McGusty is the total team player and Sooner fans should know that. He will do whatever it takes to help the team win.
McGusty had an extremely impressive freshman season at Oklahoma, but he wants to continue to grow and improve. He has set personal goals for himself on how he can improve and make the team better. As a freshman, he averaged 2.2 rebounds per game and McGusty would love to build on that this season. “I want to rebound more,” he said, “I want to get my motor going. I feel like I can increase my defensive activity as well. I want to continue to improve my jumper and establish myself as more of a leader on the court. I will be more talkative and really be able to help my teammates when they need help.” He is always looking for ways to grow and make himself a more complete player. Last season, McGusty shot 43% from the field and 35% from three and is looking to improve off of that as well.
Any time you have someone with the special talent that Kameron McGusty has, combined with the want to get better, its a recipe for success. McGusty and the Sooners, with all the young talent returning, will have a lot to prove this year and a lot of critics to silence. In the recently released Big 12 Preseason Poll, the Sooners were slotted sixth. The players like being underdogs, they like being slept on. This year, it is all about proving them wrong. I asked McGusty what his prediction for the team was in the upcoming season. His answer was crystal clear. “I like our chances for a deep tournament run.” Stay tuned, Sooner Nation.