Oklahoma basketball: Frank Booker isn't discouraged by his shooting numbers

by Ryan Aber Published: February 4, 2014
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— 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.”

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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