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March 30, 2013

Kruger is confident others will fill void of departing Sooners

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“Our bigs this year were so mobile. Our drive and kick and our penetration was more from our bigs than our wings. That’s something we’ll make a big priority for our wings, being able to drive the ball, get into seams, make plays off the dribble and do things we didn’t do too much of this year,” Kruger said. “I think our perimeter guys are capable of doing that next year. They’ll be more likely to do that than our bigs. This year the roles are kind of reversed.”

Make no mistake, having guards Buddy Hield, Je’lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins back for their sophomore seasons is big for the Sooners. The trio all showed they can help OU get to an elite level. All three had the inconsistent stretches that freshmen typically have.

They will be better next season.

The Sooners have three scholarships still available for the April signing period. OU has a commitment from Augusta, Ga., guard Frank Booker, but he will likely be the last player the Sooners sign for next season.

Kruger said the other open scholarships could be used on at least one transfer currently on a Division I roster.

“At this point in time it’s not like there’s a big pool out there. The transfer pool starts becoming more clear at this point,” he said. “Now is when young guys from other programs talk about leaving. That’s a possibility, not that we have anything earmarked there at all. That starts taking shape here the next few weeks.”

If the Sooners do bring in a transfer, he wouldn’t be eligible until the 2014-15 season.

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