OU basketball: Sooners will need to improve on defense

A good core of offensive players will return for next season.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 23, 2014


photo - Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, left, goes to the basket past Baylor's Isaiah Austin during the Big 12 Tournament Thursday. 
                  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, left, goes to the basket past Baylor's Isaiah Austin during the Big 12 Tournament Thursday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

While outside shooting figures to be a big component next season, Kruger wants to see an improved interior offense with an emphasis on getting back to attacking the rim.

“We’ve got to have more diversity offensively,” Kruger said. “We’ll continue to shoot good shots, but we’ve got to be able to do some different things.”

Size, which was an issue against bigger teams this season, figures to be less of one next year.

The Sooners bring aboard a trio of interior players — two at 6-foot-9 and one 6-7.

The shortest of the trio, Dante Buford, figures to be the most ready to contribute right away. Khadeem Lattin, a 6-9 forward, needs polish offensively but can be a contributor defensively right away.

The Sooners also need improvement from the guards. They need Hield to get back to slashing toward the basket while continuing his solid outside game. They need freshman point guard Jordan Woodard to continue to develop as a distributor while becoming a more consistent threat to score. They need virtually everyone to take a big step forward defensively.

“We’ve got to grow; we’ve got to mature; we’ve got to play better basketball,” Kruger said. “Sometimes we shot a little quickly or didn’t quite get the shot we wanted this year.

“We have to have more quality possessions.”


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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