Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said she's already been very impressed by her five true freshmen: Guards Gioya Carter, T'ona Edwards and Derica Wyatt; and forwards Felicia Gibbs and Shaya Kellogg.
“I think there are several of them that can play significantly,” Coale said. “As a whole, they might be the most prepared class that we've had in terms of physical maturation, understanding of the game, the different skill sets they bring to the table, the needs that we have returning. They've been learners and that's the great question mark.”
One of the key challenges for Oklahoma this season will be replacing the production of forward Joanna McFarland, who led the Sooners with 10.5 rebounds per game last year as a senior.
“I think we're starting to figure it out,” said senior center Nicole Griffin. “Obviously, one person is not gonna be Jo, so everybody together is gonna kind of form what Jo was.
“I'm working on getting more rebounds and kinda helping replace what Jo did. I can get more rebounds.”
Griffin, who is 6-foot-6, averaged just under five boards a game in 2012-13.
She added that Kellogg, a 6-2 forward from Ames, Iowa, reminds her of McFarland.