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

by Ryan Aber Published: February 4, 2014

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.”

by Ryan Aber
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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