TULSA — Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger visited with reporters Monday evening before his OU Caravan appearance.
Here are a few highlights from his interview session:
* Kruger praised sophomore forward Ryan Spangler, the Bridge Creek product who began his college career at Gonzaga, transferred to OU and sat out last season.
“Ryan Spangler’s a tough worker,” Kruger said. “Loves to play, loves to compete. Very good rebounder, runs the floor very well. No doubt that (fans) can expect great effort, a great intensity level. They’ll love the way he plays.”
Spangler appeared in 22 games as a true freshman at Gonzaga, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. Asked if Spangler can be a reliable scorer for the Sooners, Kruger answered in the affirmative.
“He’ll be a good scorer,” Kruger said. “He’s a sophomore next year, so whether or not you project that right away, it’s a bit hard to say. A lot of it depends on who else steps forward, who else can score. But certainly Ryan will be a guy we expect to score for us.
“He’ll be in that group with Buddy (Hield), and with Je’lon (Hornbeak) and Isaiah (Cousins) and Cam (Clark), and all those guys. We’ve got several guys who can approach that double-figure scoring.
“I don’t see one guy stepping out and getting a bunch. I see a lot of guys averaging right near double figures.”
* On moving forward from last season’s NCAA Tournament appearance, which ended in a first-round loss to San Diego State:
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