Oklahoma basketball: Sooners might have found a point guard in Jordan Woodard

by Ryan Aber Published: November 12, 2013

— Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger hasn't had the luxury of having a true point guard since he arrived as the Sooners' coach.

Now, in his fourth season, it appears as if Kruger has found his man, one that could be a fixture at the spot for some time.

A year ago, Jordan Woodard helped lead Edmond Memorial to a Class 6A state championship. Now, Woodard is the starting point guard for the Sooners.

He'll make his third start Wednesday night when Oklahoma hosts Idaho at 7 p.m. in the second home game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Woodard has 17 points and 13 assists in leading an Oklahoma offense that has averaged nearly 90 points per game.

Woodard worked his way into the starting lineup during the Sooners' European trip in August, when Buddy Hield had to be held out with injury.

Woodard started the first exhibition game after Je'lon Hornbeak was suspended.

Both times, Woodard took full advantage, and doesn't seem likely to relinquish the spot any time soon.

“I just wanted to play,” Woodard said. “I didn't ask any questions. I knew I was going to get some minutes, so I was just concerned about when I got on the court, whenever that was, to just do my part.”

The European trip and the 10 practices beforehand gave Woodard a quicker understanding of Kruger's scheme and helped him develop chemistry with his teammates.

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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