NORMAN — 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.
“There's always new things that you find out every day in practice, but I feel like I do know my teammates pretty well,” Woodard said. “We've got a lot of guys that can attack.”
Woodard is one.
Early in the season-opening win over Alabama, Woodard was aggressive, but forced some shots.
“Every game for awhile is going to be a learning experience for him in a very positive way,” Kruger said. “He's a terrific young player.”
As the game went on, though, Woodard did a better job of either finding outlets when defenses collapsed on him or getting to the free-throw line.
“That's what a really good point guard does; he finds a way when you don't have anything going. He finds a way to get results that are good,” Kruger said. “He's very good defensively too. He can get down and guard.”
Through two games, Woodard is 5 of 19 from the floor and 1 of 6 from behind the 3-point line.
It's not something that concerns him too much yet.
“The shooting's definitely going to come,” Woodard said. “I've been getting extra shots in. … I'm going to do better at finding my shots.
“Coaches told me they're really not worried about my shot selection. I did a good job of controlling the game, so that's the most important part.”