OU basketball: Lon Kruger points out areas where the Sooners need to improve

The OU coach is not surprised that many team members are already in the weight room working out.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 31, 2014


photo - Oklahoma's Lon Kruger watches practice for the NCAA men's basketball tournament practice at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19, 2014.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Lon Kruger watches practice for the NCAA men's basketball tournament practice at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19, 2014.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“They’ve got the potential to do that,” Kruger said. “How quickly that happens, I don’t know. Everyone progresses at a different rate. But they’ve got the length, the energy, the athletic ability. But both are really lean and not rugged in nature.”

Lattin and McNeace, along with 6-7 power forward Dante Buford, are expected to be in Norman this summer.

The Sooners are just getting over a disappointing 80-75 overtime loss to North Dakota State in their NCAA Tournament opener.

Buddy Hield, who struggled in that loss, has been among the group already in the gym working out.

“It’s amazing,” Kruger said. “We haven’t started individual workouts and so many have been in here every day since we lost, which is not a surprise.”

Kruger pointed to Hield and Isaiah Cousins as the two Sooners who improved the most this season, but Hield’s game still needs refining.

“Buddy became a good standstill shooter. The year before, he was much more of a slasher, much more aggressive to the offensive boards,” Kruger said. “We need to combine the two Buddy has to be more physical, more attack with his ballhandling.

“He’ll work a lot on that, working through contact, finishing through contact, getting to the free-throw line a lot more.”

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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