OU basketball: Je'lon Hornbeak getting back in the flow

After recovering from a broken foot, Hornbeak will be counted on to give the Sooners some help during two-game road trip to Kansas State and Baylor.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 13, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma guard Je'lon Hornbeak (5) drives as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men play the Iowa State Cyclones (ISU) in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma guard Je'lon Hornbeak (5) drives as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men play the Iowa State Cyclones (ISU) in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“He's getting his confidence back.”

Hornbeak still isn't 100 percent physically, but he's getting closer and closer.

“I give myself two more games,” Hornbeak said. “About a week or so and I should be good. Wednesday will be the sixth week mark in actual recovery time and we play Baylor on Saturday so right around then, that'll be where confidence-wise, within yourself, you can say, ‘Well, I took the proper weeks to get back.' So from there, that's when I feel like I'll be at full stride.”

Hornbeak has been a welcome addition since returning ahead of schedule for the Big 12 opener at Texas.

But it has still be a work in progress.

“It was good to see him step up and knock down a shot,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “That's kind of one of those things where he's kind of playing; the first few games here he's kind of playing to just spell Jordan (Woodard) to give him some rest. We need him now to be a contributor that Je'lon can be.

“Maybe mentally more than physically, it takes a little longer for him to get to that point.”

Hornbeak has used games to test the foot and has passed so far, as the soreness has subsided with each game.

“I treat the games kind of as a practice for getting reps at full speed,” Hornbeak said. “I'm trying to get a little more aggressive each time and getting a better feel.”


by Ryan Aber
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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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