NORMAN — During Friday’s basketball practice, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel tried to make sure his talented freshman wasn’t confused. "Told him I thought he was content averaging 12 (points) and nine (rebounds),” said Capel. Against Oklahoma State, Tiny Gallon finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds but missed a pair of easy layups underneath the basket. Early in Saturday’s 66-61 win over Missouri, he saw some of the same poor finishes he’d seen against the Cowboys and in practice. He called the still-developing big man, who also had three turnovers, including a three-second violation, to the bench and kept him there. Capel played senior Ryan Wright instead. Wright responded with 12 points and eight rebounds. He played 27 minutes to starter Gallon’s 14. "He just wanted to be content instead of being dominant,” Capel said. He’s trying to bring out the Tiny Gallon whose rebounding prowess against the Cowboys inspired Willie Warren to christen him "Blake Jr.” Capel’s trying to eliminate the Tiny Gallon whose occasional failures around the goal forced the coach to bench him. Both are only small parts of the maturation process the freshman is undergoing. "I think I’ve developed to be more mentally strong,” Gallon said. For Gallon, catching a pass on the wing, on most occasions, means pass and go set a screen. In high school, that meant go score. Gallon said part of his maturation has been realizing and utilizing the talent around him. He’s not the only Sooner who can score. Bedtime has moved from 4 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. He’s now forced to maintain healthy eating habits to preserve his recent 70-pound weight loss. Gallon offers a more earnest effort at a heavier load of class work. "This is something I’m planning on having a future in, so I’m taking it more seriously,” Gallon said. On the court, he’s still developing his back-to-the-basket game without ignoring the ball-handling skills, outside shot and agility rare for a player his size. "I think he can shoot it. We just don’t want him doing it and let that be the only thing he does,” Capel said. Capel wants Gallon to put pressure on opposing defenses with his low-post game, forcing defenses to collapse and opponents to slip into foul trouble. Said senior guard Tony Crocker, who added that Gallon has improved his ability to take criticism in his first season: "Tiny’s understanding that when he gets the ball on that block. He can do a lot of damage.” But Gallon said he hopes he’lll be able to accentuate his outside game at times, specifically when he’s matched up against big men who can’t match up with him. "I’m up for the competition,” Gallon said. "I’m up for playing against Dexter Pittman and Cole Aldrich, because they’re really good players.” Gallon’s minutes on Saturday show he’s not near their level yet. His words suggest he wants to be. The rest of the season will determine how far along he gets.