Oklahoma basketball: Je'lon Hornbeak maintains family ties

Sooner freshman stays in touch with his close friend, Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin. But the two will be on opposite sides Wednesday night when the Bears and Sooners meet.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 29, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT / OU: Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak  looks to pass the ball as A&M's Alex Caruso defends during the All-College Classic between the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M at the  Chesapeake Energy Arena in  Oklahoma City, Saturday,Dec. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT / OU: Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak looks to pass the ball as A&M's Alex Caruso defends during the All-College Classic between the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday,Dec. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“There were days he destroyed me,” Hornbeak said, “and games I beat him. You really got to work on your shot and create space (to shoot over him). Sometimes he takes me to the post and I just have to foul him.”

Hornbeak said the all-time series between the two is “probably even, but it's probably in his favor. I'll give it to him.”

The two talked about going to the same college, but they always said that they would do what was best for each other. Once Austin told Hornbeak he was going to Baylor, Hornbeak almost joined him, but concluded Baylor wasn't for him. The two keep in contact every day through a group text message with two other high school friends.

“(Isaiah) just sends me some crazy picture he finds on the Internet,” Hornbeak said. “We all just laugh about it.”

Wednesday night will just add one more game to the list in which Hornbeak and Austin will try to outdo each other, but no matter the outcome — they'll tell their brother to “get the next one.”

“We always told each other no matter where we go we'll still be brothers and family,” Hornbeak said. “Because it doesn't matter the distance — family is always family.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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Oklahoma at Baylor

*When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

*Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

*TV: ESPNU (Cox 253/HD 718; Dish 141; DirecTV 208; U-Verse 605/HD 1605)

*Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

Three things to know

*Oklahoma leads the all-time series 37-10, but Baylor has won five of the last seven.

*Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin has recorded seven double-doubles this season. That ranks second in the Big 12.

*Baylor senior Pierre Jackson leads the league at 18.7 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games dating to last season.

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