NORMAN — Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger said before the season that he expected big things from guard Isaiah Cousins in his sophomore season.
After splitting time at the point last season, Cousins moved over to the wing this year.
Cousins has lived up to Kruger's promises so far this year, averaging 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists through seven games.
After scoring seven or more points just four times last season and never scoring more than 10, Cousins has scored at least seven points in every game this year and has scored at least 10 in each of the last four.
Cousins and the Sooners will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lloyd Noble Center. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but was moved up due to impending inclement weather.
How are things going settling into your new role?
“I think it's going pretty good. I've been getting a lot of minutes trying to pick up from last year, and I've got a bigger role. I like the role I take. I think it's a good fit.”
Has it been much of an adjustment from what you were doing last year at the point to your role this season?
“It's not really an adjustment, it's just basketball. If I have to change it, I have to change it. It's not a big deal. The two is just more free. I feel more free there. It was just a learning experience. I'm still learning the point and learning at a different position now. I still will always know how to play the point.”
The defense against Mercer was probably the best it has been all season. How are things coming along on that end?
“We really adjusted to the rules and are really coming along, working it in practice, not reaching.”
Has that adjustment to the new rules been tough?
“Definitely. Some of these refs, they're so quick to call a foul. If you just touch them they call a foul, so it's kind of hard. Sometimes it isn't a foul but because of the new rules, they just want to call it.”
The offense hasn't been an issue on this team though. What's been the key to the quick offensive start?
“The way we just look for one another and the way we share the ball. There's no head case on this team. There's nobody trying to just take the shots. We're just together as a team.”