“He's been all about the team during the preseason work, one of the guys that have worked really hard every day,” Kruger said. “He's pretty versatile on the court.”
Osby said it wasn't easy sitting out last season, knowing he could have helped. It will have been more than 18 months since his last game when OU opens the exhibition season Nov. 1.
“I can't wait,” Osby said. “Sometimes last year it was very frustrating. But being able to practice with the team, it actually went by fast. I used that year to get better, so it was beneficial to me.”
It's been difficult being away from his daughter and girlfriend of five years. At Mississippi State, the campus was only 45 minutes away from Shalonda. He saw her frequently.
When he transferred to OU, his daughter was five months olds. He only gets to see her every two or three months.
“It's tough. She's growing up so fast,” Osby said. “There are things I'm missing out on. But I know at the end of the day everything I'm doing, getting my degree, it's all for her.”
A broadcast/communications major, Osby hopes to play professionally either in the NBA or overseas. Insiders have told him he has the potential to play at the next level.
Osby's first priority is earning a degree, insurance if a pro career doesn't pan out. He's on schedule to graduate in December 2012.
“He's really a grown man at a young age,” Fitzgerald said. “All the things he has to do is really amazing, taking care of a daughter, balancing school and basketball. I'm really excited for him. And I'm excited for us because he's going to really help us.”