NORMAN — Jordan Woodard isn't much for getting fazed by pressure.
It certainly didn't get to him last week in Brooklyn against Seton Hall.
Woodard was right in the middle of the Sooners' comeback from a six-point deficit in the final minute.
Woodard came up with a critical steal right in the middle of that last-minute comeback, drawing a foul and hitting a free throw to pull OU closer.
This is nothing new for Woodard, the freshman point guard from Edmond Memorial.
“He's got that gamesmanship,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “He's got that feel for getting a steal. He's done it all his life.”
Woodard showed it just a few months ago in the Class 6A state title game against Midwest City.
Playing on a hamstring torn earlier in the tournament and held without a field goal until the final second, Woodard flashed his flair for the dramatic.
With his team trailing by one, Woodard stole an inbounds pass with eight seconds left, deflected it to a teammate, then scooped up the rebound and tipped it in at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 49-48 win and a state title.
Woodard flashed back to that moment last weekend in Brooklyn.
“It was just as magical as that championship night, on the collegiate level,” Woodard said. “So it made it great. It wasn't a championship game or anything but right now in college basketball, every game is important.”
He's settled nicely into the point guard role, averaging 8.6 points and nearly five assists per game while turning the ball over just more than twice a game.
“He's made real solid progress,” Kruger said. “He started off pretty comfortable so it's not like he was real shaky and now he's comfortable. He was pretty comfortable and he's getting more comfortable every game. He's pushing the ball aggressively, a little bit more aggressively as things go on.”
Woodard is mainly looking for consistency.
“That's the most important thing,” Woodard said. “That effort and consistent habits showed up at the end of that game against Seton Hall.”
Woodard is also looking for consistency in his shooting.
So far, he's 10 for 37 (27 percent) from the floor and 2 of 11 from behind the 3-point line.
That's not something Kruger is worried about though.
“He'll start getting a little bit more comfortable shooting the ball,” Kruger said. “He'll shoot a better percentage. That will come.”