Oklahoma basketball: Jordan Woodard gets his shot at point guard

True freshman from Edmond Memorial is expected to start in Saturday's exhibition game against Washburn.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 1, 2013

“He's going to have some turnovers — everybody has turnovers — and just how to play through it,” Hornbeak said of the things he was trying to teach Woodard. “You're just going to have to play hard.”

As a senior at Memorial, Woodard averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He tore his hamstring in the Class 6A semifinals but gutted through it, hitting his only field goal of the championship game on a tip-in as time expired to give the Bulldogs a 49-48 win.

Now, Woodard is being asked to take over the point as the Sooners are trying to turn up the tempo.

“It definitely fits my game,” Woodard said of the fast-paced offense. “I love it. Coach told me when he was recruiting me that that was definitely going to be the style this upcoming season. I'm really excited for it. I feel like it fits our team best, and that's how we're going to win a lot of ballgames.”

Hornbeak knows what Woodard is in for, having been one of three freshman to see significant time at guard last season.

He's tried to prepare Woodard for everything that comes with being a point guard.

“No matter what age he is or classification, as long as you're playing the point guard, you assume some of that leadership role,” Hornbeak said.

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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