NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger's goals and expectations remained the same from last season: work hard, play together and play unselfishly.
Kruger and the men's basketball team held their team media day on Monday and a few main threads ran through the team's talk: motivation, the tournament and the impact of the newcomers.
“What stands out with this group is their sincerity with regards to investment and paying unselfishly and thoughts about teammates and one another,” Kruger said. “With every team you want that to be the case but this group really feels that.”
KRUGER ANNOUNCES REDSHIRTS
Freshman forward C.J. Cole and junior forward D.J. Bennett will both redshirt the 2012-2013 season.
Cole is from Sperry, where he was a three-time All-State selection. In 2012, he was named to The Oklahoman's Super 5.
Bennett transferred from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, where he averaged 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 blocked shots per games.
PLEDGER AND FRANSCHILLA ATTENDED COLLEGE GAMEDAY
Senior Steven Pledger and sophomore James Franschilla laughed from behind-the-scenes as Lee Corso fired a shotgun during ESPN's College GameDay.
GameDay was in Norman for the Notre Dame-OU football game on Saturday.
“It was fun,” Pledger said. “Something different. Of course, the picks were definitely funny and the Halloween thing they did with everyone who was dressed up.”
At the end of the show, Pledger and Franschilla got their photo taken with the GameDay crew.
HIELD TALKS ABOUT BLAKE GRIFFIN'S DUNK
Less than two months after Blake Griffin went through arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, he was back to dunking. His first victim of the season was Oklahoma freshman Buddy Hield back in September.
“That turned into a big thing,” Hield said. “You can't stop anybody like Blake Griffin.”
And Hield didn't. The 6-foot-4 guard said he just let the former Sooners star run.
“When I saw him rise up, I was like, ‘Nope,'” Hield said. “Not gonna block that.”