OU’s front court will benefit from two players who spent the year in the practice gym. Ryan Spangler had to sit out after transferring in from Gonzaga. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder will give OU a rebounding presence that will rival Osby’s effort on the glass. Junior to be D.J. Bennett redshirted after transferring in from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community. The 6-8 Bennett is still a raw product on the offensive end, but his ability to rebound and block shots will give the Sooners something it lacked this season.
Kruger has two players signed for next season. Edmond Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard will join big man Keshaun Hamilton from Labette (Kan.) Community College on the roster next season.
Woodard has the ability to become OU’s point guard of the future. Hamilton will add more size to the post.
Last week, OU picked up a commitment from Augusta (Ga.) Westside guard Frank Booker. The 6-foot-4 guard has a reputation for being an excellent outside shooter.
The Sooners still have a scholarship available, but next season’s team is pretty much in place.
“We’ve learned what it takes to get here and what it takes to win,” Hornbeak said. “We know we have to get better from here.”
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