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Catching up with OU’s Lon Kruger and Romero Osby

Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 7, 2012

Three newcomers and two seniors look like they will be the starting five for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team will play in its second and final exhibition Wednesday at 7 p.m. Freshman Je’lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins, along with junior transfer Amath M’baye will join seniors Steven Pledger and Romero Osby when the Sooners take on Central Oklahoma at McCasland Field House.

Oklahoma beat Washburn in it’s first exhibition game last Friday. Before their second game, The Oklahoman caught up with the men’s basketball team to talk about exhibition games and the newcomers.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger (AP PHOTO)
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger (AP PHOTO)

On Washburn’s rebounding: Yeah, they got some loose balls that we didn’t get. We just have to be a little bit more aggressive as a group. Just be more conscious as the shot goes up and more conscious of the ball going in.

On guys being confused on who was going to rebound it:  Could be a combination of things. Partly that. And just not thinking all five guys. We’re not to that point where we really naturally figure that. I think we’re going to be an okay rebounding team but that’s an area we have to work on. It’s not a real big group.

On if he will keep the same five starters he had against Washburn: Probably the same way. Maybe substitute a little differently but we’ll start the same way.



On how Friday night against Washburn went: It was a good chance to get these new guys in and have them play a game against somebody else, but I think we’ve got a lot of things we can work on. 

On the three freshman: Yeah, they’re going to be really good. I’ve been telling people that since they stepped on campus. Hopefully it’ll come out now and we’ll not have to wait on it. They’re kind of wise beyond their years. I’m just excited to watch them grow.

On if Friday’s exhibition game helped the freshman’s confidence:  I think it did a lot, especially to be out there and get their feet wet and to play well. It’s a boost of confidence to carry out the rest of the season.

NOTE:  Tickets still remain for the exhibition. They are available for $5 and can be purchased at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668), online at or at McCasland Field House prior to the game.

The game is free for Oklahoma students.


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