NORMAN — Frank Booker knows how the stat lines look.
An 0-for-4 at Texas Tech. A 2-for-3 against Oklahoma State. An 0-for-2 at Iowa State.
Oklahoma's freshman sharpshooter has had and up-and-down time shooting since Big 12 play began a month ago.
But the word Booker uses when describing his first season is a bit of a surprise given those peaks and valleys.
“So far, it's been pretty consistent really,” Booker said.
The results — at least in the scoring category — haven't been, but in preparation, effort and other areas, it fits.
“The minutes and things like that,” Booker said. “I've been come into the gym and getting some shots up. I know my role. I've found my role on the team. I'm a spot-up shooter and if I can drive, drive and kick, and get someone else open, I'll do that.”
Booker is part of a four-man bench rotation that has been mostly productive for the Sooners this season.
Je'lon Hornbeak, Tyler Neal, D.J. Bennett and Booker have generally been solid when the Sooners have had success, which has been often in Big 12 play.
They'll need similar production in the second half of conference play, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at West Virginia.
“It's satisfying for sure,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said of his bench play. “I think for a team to compete consistently throughout Big 12 play, getting good play from the bench helps.”
Like many freshmen, Booker has had to adjust to the speed of college basketball.
“I haven't had to change my shot at all,” Booker said. “It's just about always being ready to shoot.”
Booker was last Monday against Oklahoma State, draining a pair of 3-pointers, including one early in the second half that put the Sooners up 16.
Most of Booker's points do come from behind the 3-point line. Of his 104 points this season, all but 29 have come from behind the arc.
He hasn't hit a field goal from inside the 3-point line since the final nonconference game Dec. 30. Booker hasn't attempted a shot inside the line since Jan. 14 against Kansas State.
Booker was brought in as a deep-shooting threat, and that's exactly what the Sooners want Booker to do.
“We need him to come in and make shots and stretch the defense a little bit — take advantage of guys, drive and kick,” Kruger said. “Frank's done a good job. I think he's getting more and more comfortable with that all the time.”
Sooners assistant Chris Crutchfield has been instrumental in Booker's decision-making.
“He's the one who has really helped me out with my shots — what are good shots and bad shots,” Booker said. “I know when they're good shots and bad shots, he's just helped me out in the course of the game keeping that in mind and making better decisions.”