Oklahoma Rumors & News

  • Oklahoma suspends center Akolda Manyang after being charged with aggravated assault and battery

    Dallas Morning News "UPDATE (May 5, 10:41 a.m.): Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn informed the Dallas Morning News it was an "unprovoked deal." His description of the alleged assault stated Manyang approached a group of girls and started to talk with them. The victim, Tyler Evans, told Manyang the..." May 05

  • Breaking Down Future of Oklahoma's Buddy Hield

    Bleacher Report "Before exploding for one of the most impressive individual seasons in recent memory, Buddy Hield had reached out to the NBA for some feedback on his 2015 draft stock. "From what I got from the [NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee], I need to improve my ball-handling and how to create a shot,"..." April 20

  • Buddy Hield, Breanna Stewart honored as nation's top players

    Sporting News "Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was the men's recipient of the John Wooden Award on Friday while the women's trophy went to Connecticut's Breanna Stewart. The Wooden Award is given annually to college basketball most outstanding men's and women's players. " April 09

  • Oklahoma's Buddy Hield named 2016 Naismith Trophy winner

    NCAA "Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is the 2016 Naismith Trophy Award winner for men’s basketball. The Sooners sensational senior recorded one of the best shooting seasons in recent college basketball history to lead his squad to this weekend’s Final Four." April 03

  • Villanova annihilates Oklahoma to reach title game

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Villanova flipped the script by slapping Oklahoma with the biggest blowout in the history of the Final Four. Guard Josh Hart scored 23 points, leading the Wildcats' 71.4 percent shooting from the field in a 95-51 rout of the Sooners in an NCAA Tournament semifinal on Saturday..." April 02

  • Buddy Hield Named Oscar Robertson Player of the Year

    Bleacher Report "Oklahoma Sooners superstar Buddy Hield is bringing home some hardware before Saturday's Final Four, as the senior star was named the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year on Friday. " April 01

  • Oklahoma assistant hired as UT Rio Grande Valley head coach

    CBS Sports "UT Rio Grande Valley has hired Oklahoma assistant coach Lew Hill as its next head basketball coach, sources told CBS Sports. An official announcement is expected soon. Hill replaces Dan Hipsher, who was fired on March 15. A former standout at Wichita State, Hill has been on Lon Kruger's..." March 31

  • Buddy Hield turned in 'heck of a performance,' Kobe Bryant says

    ESPN "After Oklahoma senior star Buddy Hield scored 37 points Saturday to lead the Sooners to the Final Four, the National Player of the Year favorite credited his idol, Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who was in attendance. "As soon as I saw Kobe was here, I knew I had to put on a show. Blame..." March 28

  • Final Four sets up clash of styles, storylines

    SI "This week, the NCAA will punish North Carolina and Syracuse for scandals by asking them to miss at least two more days of class to focus on basketball. Not playing basketball. Promoting basketball. There are open practices to hold, and of course there are press conferences to conduct, during..." March 28

  • Oklahoma leaves little doubt, crushes Texas A&M

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Oklahoma guards Jordan Woodard and Buddy Hield made certain that Texas A&M's March miracles stopped here. Woodard had 22 points and five 3-pointers and Hield had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Sooners advanced to the NCAA West Region final with a 77-63 victory over the..." March 24

  • Oklahoma’s Akolda Manyang returned to Minnesota following brother’s suicide

    College Basketball Talk "Akolda Manyang, a reserve center for Oklahoma, missed Sunday’s second round game against VCU as he returned to Minnesota following a death in the family. According to multiple reports, that family member was Akolda’s brother, Ater Manyang, a former high school basketball star in the state. He..." March 22

  • Hield scores 36 as Oklahoma overcomes VCU

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard lofted an alley-oop pass that Khadeem Lattin grabbed and flushed, causing one of many eruptions from the sea of red-clad Sooners fans. With that, the Sooners finally had the momentum edge they needed to fend off Virginia Commonwealth 85-81..." March 20

  • 2016 Naismith Trophy: Full List of Finalists Announced

    Bleacher Report "The four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy, given to the top player in men's college basketball, were announced Sunday, courtesy of NCAA.com's Brian Mull. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon were selected out of a..." March 20

  • No. 9 West Virginia holds on after half-court heave disallowed

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said his team came to the Big 12 Tournament to not just play in the championship game but to win it. The Mountaineers have that chance, but just barely. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield sank a 3-point shot from just inside half-court at the..." March 12

  • Hield, Sooners top Niang, Cyclones in classic

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was a game that lived up to the hype, then exceeded it. Buddy Hield scored 39 points, including 21 in the second half, as the sixth-ranked Sooners held on to defeat 21st-ranked Iowa State 79-76 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament at Sprint..." March 11

  • Hield, Sooners win, have eyes on the prize

    The Sports Xchange "FORT WORTH, Texas -- Buddy Hield wasn't going to downplay expectations for the Oklahoma Sooners going into tournament play. The favorite to win national player of the year honors believes that the sixth-ranked Sooners should be the last team standing, a statement he made following a 75-67..." March 05

  • No. 6 Oklahoma escapes with win over No. 19 Baylor

    The Sports Xchange "NORMAN, Okla. -- On a night when Oklahoma's last national player of the year was honored, Buddy Hield made yet another case for this year's award. Hield started off hot, then disappeared a bit before coming on strong near the end, helping the No. 6 Sooners escape Lloyd Noble Center with a..." March 01

  • Late run helps No. 25 Longhorns past No. 3 Sooners

    The Sports Xchange "AUSTIN -- Texas will not win the Big 12 Conference regular season championship since Kansas clinched it for the 12th straight season Saturday. The Longhorns do not have the nation's best player, an award that will likely go to Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield. Texas might be the team playing the..." February 27

  • No. 3 Oklahoma routs rival Oklahoma State

    The Sports Xchange "NORMAN, Okla. -- When he arrived at Oklahoma after spending his freshman season away from home, Ryan Spangler made no secret of the fact he disliked the Sooners' in-state rivals. "I couldn't go orange," Spangler said before his first Bedlam game. Wednesday, in his final regular-season..." February 25

  • Hield helps No. 3 Sooners outwork West Virginia

    The Sports Xchange "MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Guard Buddy Hield poured in 29 points and No. 3 Oklahoma outworked the Big 12's top rebounding team to grab a 76-62 win at No. 10 West Virginia on Saturday. "This game helped us get back our swagger," said Hield after the Sooners (21-6, 9-5) ended a two-game losing..." February 20

  • Texas Tech takes down No. 3 Oklahoma

    The Sports Xchange "LUBBOCK, Texas -- Victories over No. 14 Iowa State and No. 21 Baylor in a week's span have put the Texas Tech basketball team into the conversation for a berth in the NCAA tournament. Wednesday night might have just solidified it in ink. For the first time in school history, the Red..." February 18

  • Graham does it all as Kansas wins

    The Sports Xchange "NORMAN, Okla. -- Kansas coach Bill Self wanted defense out of Devonte' Graham. A big offensive day was a bonus. Self got a big surprise Saturday when Graham excelled on both ends of the floor, containing Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and hitting big shot after big shot as the No. 6 Jayhawks..." February 13

  • Oklahoma No. 1, North Carolina No. 2, Kansas No. 3 in Coaches Poll

    CBS Sports "Following a wild week of college hoops, Oklahoma is the new No. 1 team in the country. The Sooners received 26 first-place votes this week after Oklahoma State on the road and now-No. 7 West Virginia at home. Behind Oklahoma, North Carolina is No. 2 with four first-place votes, and Kansas is..." January 18

  • Buckeyes transfer Austin Grandstaff chooses Oklahoma

    ESPN "Ohio State freshman Austin Grandstaff has decided to transfer to Oklahoma. The 6-foot-5 guard Grandstaff, a top-50 player coming out of high school in Texas, also considered SMU. "They have really turned the program around, and they do everything the right way," Grandstaff told ESPN of why..." January 11

  • Baker Mayfield isn't pleased with Dick Vitale's shot at Oklahoma

    The Score "ESPN's Dick Vitale is one of the most passionate broadcasters in sports, but he certainly didn't gain a fan in Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield on Monday night. The Sooners got smashed by Clemson in the Orange Bowl last week, and Vitale used the basketball showdown between No. 1 Kansas and No. 2..." January 05

  • Four-star PF Matt Freeman commits to Oklahoma

    Scout "Matt Freeman, a native of New Zealand, verbally committed to Oklahoma on Thursday, he told Scout. "The coaches are great and I just see myself fitting in there better than anywhere else," Freeman told Scout. "I see it as the best opportunity for me as an individual to develop into the best..." August 07

  • Kameron McGusty to play for Sooners

    ESPN "ESPN 100 prospect Kameron McGusty, a 6-foot-5 guard from Seven Lakes High School in Texas, committed to Oklahoma on Monday. McGusty revealed his decision on Twitter. McGusty is ranked No. 40 in the Class of 2016. After a strong spring period, he had a long list of schools, including Florida,..." July 20

  • OU basketball recruit Payton Pritchard decommits from Sooners

    The Oklahoman "OU lost a longtime commitment Monday night, as Class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.) decommitted from the Sooners. Pritchard, ranked No. 46 in the Rivals 150 for 2016, pledged to OU, his parents' alma mater, in November. The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder was OU's first commitment..." July 07

  • Henson, Konkol, among those in play to replace White at Louisiana Tech

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma assistant Steve Henson, Miami assistant Eric Konkol, Baylor assistant Jerome Tang and North Florida head coach Matt Driscoll are among the candidates in discussions about Louisiana Tech's opening, sources told CBSSports.com on Saturday. Louisiana Tech is in the process of replacing..." May 17

  • Oklahoma's Buddy Hield coming back for senior season

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma's Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he'll stay in Norman for a fourth and final season. It's a huge boon for Lon Kruger's team, which should absolutely be a preseason top-10 club. And for Hield, expect him to be on many a preseason ranking of First Team All-Americans. The..." April 25

  • Oklahoma guard Frank Booker to transfer

    Fox Sports Southwest "Less than a week after helping the Sooner basketball team to the Sweet 16, Oklahoma sophomore guard Frank Booker announced his intention to leave the team. The University sent out a press release Wednesday saying Booker is seeking a transfer. He played in 64 games over the past two seasons and..." April 02

  • Sources: Fired OU mascot harassed Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford's wife

    The Oklahoman "The University of Oklahoma fired a mascot who was taunting Oklahoma State fans during the Sooner men's basketball team's Bedlam victory Saturday inside Lloyd Noble Center. According to multiple sources familiar with the incident, Heather Ford -- the wife of OSU coach Travis Ford -- was among..." January 20

  • Sooners, TaShawn Thomas adjusting to each other

    Tulsa World "How big a focal point was TaShawn Thomas at Houston? “If the ball didn’t touch my hands, the coaches weren’t happy,” he said. Now that Thomas is at Oklahoma? “It’s a little different,” he said. Thomas averaged 16 points the past two years with the Cougars. He registered a double-digit..." December 05

  • Edmond Memorial's Kristian Doolittle commits to OU

    The Oklahoman "Oklahoma basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2016 class Tuesday when Edmond Memorial small forward Kristian Doolittle committed to the Sooners. The 6-foot-6 Doolittle joins Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard in committing to the Sooners for 2016. Doolittle is the younger..." December 03

  • Four-star 2016 PG Payton Pritchard commits to Sooners

    The Oklahoman "Oklahoma basketball received a commitment Tuesday morning from Class of 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard of West Linn, Ore. Pritchard (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) was named the Class 6A Player of the Year in Oregon as a sophomore and is ranked No. 38 nationally in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com. " November 18

  • Report: Oklahoma F TaShawn Thomas ruled eligible for 2014-15

    SI "Oklahoma forward TaShawn Thomas has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible to play this season, reports CBSSports.com. Thomas transferred from Houston after last season. He had been waiting for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility, telling the Tulsa World this week that he..." November 17

  • Three-star shooting guard becomes Oklahoma’s second 2015 commitment

    College Basketball Talk "Oklahoma will enter the 2014-15 season with a surplus of options on the perimeter, led by All-Big 12 candidate Buddy Hield. The good news for head coach Lon Kruger when it comes to his expected perimeter rotation: not one of those players is currently a senior. However that doesn’t mean the..." September 25

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield confident Sooners can once again exceed expectations

    College Basketball Talk "Prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Oklahoma Sooners were expected to be a team firmly entrenched in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. While head coach Lon Kruger did return key players such as Cameron Clark and Buddy Hield from a group that won 20 games and reached the NCAA..." July 18

  • Sooners get commitment from 7-footer Akolda Manyang

    The Oklahoman "Even with all of the inside talent added in the 2014 signing class, Oklahoma made 7-foot center Akolda Manyang its top target for 2015. Sunday, the Sooners got their man, when Manyang committed to OU, becoming the Sooners' first commit for 2015. Manyang, from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community..." June 16

  • Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma Guard, Shot and Wounded in Mount Vernon

    The Journal News "Isaiah Cousins, a former Mount Vernon basketball standout and current guard with the University of Oklahoma Sooners, was wounded Tuesday night when an errant bullet from one of two warring street gangs struck him in the back of the shoulder, police said. Cousins is expected to recover without..." May 29

  • Report: Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins wounded by errant bullet

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins was wounded by an errant bullet that hit him in the shoulder, according to a report in the Lower Hudson Journal News. Cousins was back home in his native Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Tuesday night, when he was caught in the middle of two rival street gangs that had been..." May 28

  • Former UH basketball player Thomas heading to Oklahoma

    Houston Chronicle "Former University of Houston forward TaShawn Thomas said Sunday he plans to transfer to Oklahoma. Thomas was granted his conditional release from UH program in April following the hiring of coach Kelvin Sampson. He picked the Sooners over Miami (Fla.). "It was a tough choice," Thomas..." May 19

  • Oklahoma adds junior college guard Dinjiyl Walker

    College Basketball Talk "With guards Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Jordan Woodard all due back on campus next season, Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger has a talented core of perimeter players to work with as he looks to lead the Sooners to another NCAA tournament appearance. However with the departure of Je’lon Hornbeak,..." May 02

  • Report: Oklahoma gets JUCO point guard to offset loss of Je’lon Hornbeak

    College Basketball Talk "Oklahoma lost sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak to transfer a few weeks ago, but the Sooners have already picked up a new guard to help offset the loss of their former backup guard. According to a report from Bob Pryzbylo of Sooners Illustrated, Oklahoma landed a commitment from Westchester..." April 26

  • ND State Tops Oklahoma 80-75 in OT for First NCAA Victory

    GoBison.com "Lawrence Alexander scored a career-high 28 points and Carlin Dupree scored four straight points in overtime to propel 12th-seeded North Dakota State to an 80-75 win over No. 5 seed Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, at Spokane Arena...." March 21

  • How Mount Vernon, N.Y., shaped OU's Isaiah Cousins

    The Oklahoman "Oklahoma assistant Lew Hill knows Isaiah Cousins. Not the way most assistant coaches know their players, though. Hill really knows Cousins. “He’s me,” Hill said. “That’s what I tell him, he was me. I went through the same stuff.” Both grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., a city part suburb..." March 19

  • North Dakota State coach worried about Sooners

    The Oklahoman "I chatted with North Dakota State basketball coach Saul Phillips on Monday evening and wrote about the North Dakota State success story for the Wednesday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. Talking with Phillips was a pleasure. He comes from a different world, as you know. I mean, Lon..." March 19

  • Baylor 78, Oklahoma 73

    ProSportsDaily "Isaiah Austin had 18 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots and the Bears never trailed while eliminating the Sooners in the Big 12 quarterfinals in Kansas City. Cory Jefferson contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds and Royce O’Neale added 12 points and 10 rebounds as seventh-seeded Baylor..." March 14