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November 10, 2013

Spangler gives Sooners solid rebounding addition

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However, the 6-foot-8, 232-pound Spangler is far from a runt. He just plays with that kind resoluteness. Players and coaches saw it all last season while Spangler sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. He was dogged in his pursuit of rebounds while playing the practice squad.

During that year away, Spangler trimmed 20 pounds off his frame and then added 10 pounds of muscle. He also refined his offensive game, adding range and decent ball-handling and passing skills for a big man. He scored 15 points in the opener.

Kruger doesn’t see any reason why the double-doubles won’t continue.

“What you saw the other night, Ryan will do that 35 times this year. We really believe that in terms of effort,” he said. “We may not get those results every time, but he’ll put forth that effort every time because that’s the way he’s wired.”

OU hasn’t had a player like that in years and they’re about as common as 25-point scorers in the current college game.

The Sooners have a guy who will dive head first into the dirty work and will battle for every ball.

“My dad always told me to do the little thing in any sport you play,” Spangler said. “I’ve always rebounded. I think it’s what wins games.”

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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