While the rest of her friends were stressing out over college applications, Morgan Hook was relaxed during her senior year of high school.
After all, her college destination had been mapped out for quite awhile.
“I came to an OU game with my parents in ninth grade,” Hook recalled. “I wasn't really thinking of college, but my parents knew how good of a program OU was and they kept bringing me back to games. Eventually I felt that vibe of a family atmosphere and realized this was where I wanted to be.”
Hook was a sophomore guard at Rogers (Ark.) High School when she committed to the Oklahoma women's basketball team, despite getting interest from both Arkansas and Texas A&M.
It was the first time Sooner coach Sherri Coale had offered a scholarship to so young a player.
But clearly, Coale knew what she was doing.
This season, Hook has given the No. 14 Sooners plenty of perimeter scoring punch off the bench as a true freshman.
In more than 25 minutes a game, Hook is averaging 11.7 points while shooting a stout 45 percent from 3-point range. Going into the week, she was leading the Big 12 in 3-point baskets made per game (3.07) and was seventh in 3-point percentage.
With sharpshooter Whitney Hand missing the first 12 games of the season, the onus was placed on Hook to be the team's outside scorer. And Hook responded.
Against Stephen F. Austin, she poured in 25 points. The next game against New Mexico, Hook was the hero, sinking a go-ahead layup with 5.2 seconds remaining, then making a pair of free throws 3 seconds later to give OU the 63-60 win.
“I hoped to play a lot (as a freshman) but I really didn't know how much,” Hook said. “After that game, it built my confidence that they needed to me to shoot.”
A silver lining in Hand's absence was that Hook — as well as fellow freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg — perhaps developed more rapidly. Now that Hand has returned, the Sooners are brimming over with outside firepower. In their most recent game against Nebraska, the trio combined to make 10 of 18 shots from 3-point range, overrunning the defending Big 12 champion Huskers in their own gym, 70-50.
“Whitney and I are similar in a lot of ways,” Hook said. “Her coming back brings so much emotion to the team. We're going to keep doing the same thing.”