Since Grooms arrived back in town recently, the pair spend plenty of evenings together, doing ball-handling drills in the practice gym at Lloyd Noble Center.
Grooms has also helped Hornbeak work to improve his balance.
“That was a big thing too last year,” Hornbeak said. “I would get by a guy and lose balance and fall. So just keeping my balance, even through contact, is something we've worked on. He's been working on hitting me so I get strong with that.”
Hornbeak started 29 games last year, including the final nine, averaging 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
He and the other returning guards, especially fellow sophomores Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield, figure to key the Sooners this season, especially early.
The Sooners will press more this season than last year, when the trio were freshmen just getting acclimated to college basketball and the Big 12.
“We're a little quicker than we were last year,” Hornbeak said. “We're going to fly around and use our length against them. We don't get tired.”
The main thing Hornbeak is looking for is consistency, for himself and for the team.
“We had ups and downs last season,” he said. “We weren't real consistent, especially on offense. We just want to level that out so everybody's shooting the ball well every night.”
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