“He's a good basketball player,” Kruger said. “He's a team guy. He handled the ball well at the point, probably more of a point guard than anyone else we've got. When you think about Je'lon (Hornbeak), Isaiah (Cousins), they're more combo guard who have played some point. But Jordan's played point all his life, and that's his natural position.”
Kruger's team loses departing senior Sam Grooms, who started 39 games at point guard over the past two seasons. Rising sophomores Hornbeak, Cousins and Buddy Hield, though, make up a strong group of young guards who played well last season.
OU WOMEN DEEP AT GUARD
One of the toughest losses the Oklahoma's basketball team must overcome next season is forward Joanna McFarland, who averaged 9.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in 2012-13.
OU's strength next year will certainly be in its backcourt. The Sooners return starting guards Morgan Hook, Aaryn Ellenberg and Sharane Campbell, plus young reserves Maddie Manning and Nicole Kornet.
Also, three of the Sooners' four incoming recruits are guards. Coach Sherri Coale added guards Gioya Carter, T'ona Edwards and Derica Wyatt to the fold, along with forward Shaya Kellogg.
“Contrary to popular opinion, we are not trying to compete in the 6-foot and under league,” Coale joked. “They're really good players. I think there will be a lot of competition for playing time, I really do.”
Carter, from Carl Albert, was The Oklahoman's 2013 Super 5 Player of the Year, and Edwards was named Little All-City Player of the Year after leading Northeast to the Class 2A state title.
STOOPS OK AFTER MINOR PROCEDURE
Stoops arrived at Monday's OU Caravan in Tulsa with a stitches on his right cheek.
He said he underwent a minor medical procedure and that he's fine.