At Monday's Oklahoma men's basketball media day, Sooners coach Lon Kruger said freshman Jordan Woodard would be in the rotation immediately.
“He always has the big picture — the team — foremost in his mind,” Kruger said. “(He's) very quick off the dribble, able to push it. He's a scoring point guard, which we love, but able to create for others and very actively defensively as well.”
Woodard, who starred at Edmond Memorial and led the Bulldogs to two state titles, is the only true point guard on the roster.
“I feel like I can hopefully bring more fluidity to the team's offense,” Woodard said. “I'm just all about making sure my teammates are getting the ball.”
The Sooners host Washburn (Kan.) in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center before opening the regular season Nov. 8 in Dallas against Alabama.
Kruger said he remained hopeful junior forward D.J. Bennett, who suffered a partially torn tendon in his foot recently, would be cleared in time to play in the season-opener against Alabama.
“He'll probably miss another week or more,” Kruger said.
Bennett will likely have an MRI near the end of the week or early next week before a decision is made on his status for the opener.
Bennett is the third Sooners player — Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins are the others — to suffer a foot or ankle injury over the last three months.
“I don't know what it is, honestly,” Bennett said. “There must be something in the water.