NORMAN — Over the past two weeks, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger has talked about freshman point guard Jordan Woodard as being a key piece of the rotation this season.
Now, it appears Woodard will be a starter right out of the gate.
The true freshman from Edmond Memorial is listed as a probable starter for the Sooners' 2 p.m. Saturday exhibition game at home against Washburn.
Woodard is the only true point guard on the roster, though Je'lon Hornbeak is expected to spend time at the point as well, and Isaiah Cousins can shift over when necessary.
“He's very quick off the dribble and likes to push it, which fits right in line with what we like to do,” Kruger said earlier this week. “He's a scoring point guard, which we love. He's able to create for others and is very active defensively as well. He has a very good blend of skills that should translate very well into Big 12 play.”
During the Sooners' five-game European tour in August, Woodard started all five games as sophomore guard Buddy Hield sat out with a foot injury.
Woodard averaged 9.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 steals during the trip.
“He knocked down open shots, which is great, he had a lot of assists as well,” Hornbeak said. “It's just becoming consistent. The quicker he can become consistent, the quicker he can help us do good things.”
Woodard also led the Sooners in turnovers on the trip with 20.