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Oklahoma basketball notebook: Style of play may resemble 1980s Kansas State; Kruger will reconnect with Sooner family
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm •  Published: April 4, 2011
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New Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger said his coaching staff will be a “blend,” bringing a few UNLV assistants to Norman but will add a couple of new coaches.


“We need folks that No. 1 can be great ambassadors for Oklahoma but absolutely can recruit Oklahoma and Texas,” Kruger said. “In this league, you've got to have very good players.”

Style of play? Maybe K-State of late 1980s

Kruger said he adapts to his personnel, but ideally “we'd like to recruit athletes that can really shoot it and really get after it on both ends of the floor, push it offensively, attack, be aggressive, probably more so than what we did at Kansas State in the late '80s.

“(Fast) break when the opportunity is there. We've pushed the issue a little more the past seven years in Las Vegas. But we want to take good care of the ball, make good decisions and change things up defensively with man being the base (defense).”

Reconnecting with the Sooner basketball family

Kruger stressed he wants former OU coaches and players to be involved with the program. He's already talked with former coaches Billy Tubbs and Kelvin Sampson and former All-American Stacey King.

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