HIELD REFINES SHOT
Hield, a sophomore guard, has changed things up with his shot since last season.
“I changed my form a little bit trying to have a better arc on the ball,” Hield said. “I always love being a shooter and as I transitioned from high school to college, I didn't really have confidence in my shot so adding a few touches helps me get back my confidence.”
Hield averaged 7.8 points last season, starting 13 games.
He did not play during the team's August trip to Europe after aggravating a foot injury he suffered last season. But Kruger said he was confident the injury wouldn't hamper Hield moving forward.
HORNBEAK: WE WANT TO GET BACK
Je'lon Hornbeak said even with the departures of Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye and the void that leaves inside, the Sooners were still equipped to make the NCAA Tournament and to advance once they do.
“When I first got here, the goal was to make the NCAA Tournament,” Hornbeak said. “Nobody here had ever made it. Now that most of us have been there, we want to get back there and we know what it takes and we want to go further than just the first and second round.”
Kruger, on Gonzaga transfer Ryan Spangler's development after sitting out last season:
“Ryan's been great. He took advantage of that redshirt year last year, I think, as much as a player can in terms of working hard every day and working to develop a little more range on his shot. He's a blue-collar guy that loves to play. … He'll be one of the leaders for us right off the bat.”
BY RYAN ABER