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OU men's basketball: D.J. Bennett working his way back into basketball shape

The 6-foot-8 junior forward continues to work back from a partially torn tendon in his foot, which he suffered about a month ago.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 10, 2013
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NORMAN — D.J. Bennett's stat line in Oklahoma's basketball season opener against Alabama was far from overwhelming.

Two points. Three rebounds. Nine minutes.

But the 6-foot-8 junior forward will be a key piece for the Sooners.

Bennett is OU's premier shot-blocker and, with Ryan Spangler, one of the only inside presences on both ends of the floor.

Bennett continues to work back from a partially torn tendon in his foot, which he suffered about a month ago.

He was expected to miss the Sooners' two exhibitions but came back in time to play limited minutes in both.

Monday, he'll make his home debut as Oklahoma hosts North Texas at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

Bennett still isn't quite at 100 percent though.

“I'd say a couple more games, a couple more practices and I'll be back,” Bennett said. “I'm thinking mainly when I get my wind back.

“Just the fact I wasn't playing for so long, getting that muscle memory back is the biggest thing. I feel pretty good when we're in the practices stamina-wise, but I've got to get my body back right.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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