Oklahoma Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Austin's 18 points help Baylor from embarrassing blown lead as Bears upset Oklahoma

    Dallas Morning News "The first two times that Baylor played Oklahoma this season, the Bears struggled through the opening minutes and failed to get on track until it was a bit too late. This time, they delivered the opening blow. The Bears roared to a 21-point lead early in the second half Thursday night, and..." March 14

  • Oklahoma 97, Texas Christian 67

    ProSportsDaily "Buddy Hield's 24 points led the way as the visiting Sooners wrapped up the regular season with a comfortable win over the hapless Horned Frogs. Hield was 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from behind the arc as the Sooners (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) shot 14-of-30 from long range in winning for the..." March 09

  • Oklahoma 72, West Virginia 62

    ProSportsDaily "Cameron Clark had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Sooners pulled away from the visiting Mountaineers in the final 10 minutes. Buddy Hield made four 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Oklahoma (22-8, 11-6 Big 12), which remains in a second-place tie with Texas heading into its regular-season..." March 06

  • Sooners beat Texas, still have shot at second-place Big 12 finish

    The Oklahoman "It would’ve been hard to imagine Oklahoma winning a game like this a month ago. The Sooners had Buddy Hield, Cam Clark and Jordan Woodard go a combined 3 of 15 from the floor in the first half, Clark and Ryan Spangler sat out big stretches of the half with foul trouble and Texas outscored OU by..." March 02

  • Oklahoma has a genuine gem in Lon Kruger

    The Oklahoman "We all had heard about Lon Kruger. Old-timers remember him as Lonnie, Jack Hartman’s point guard at Kansas State 40 years ago. Also remember him, along with the young-timers, as a good coach. Good schools kept hiring Kruger. He must be a good coach, right? But we had no clue how good. We..." March 01

  • NCAA Tournament projections (3/1): Baylor, Oklahoma State have work to do

    Dallas Morning News "Most teams are winding down the regular season and hoping to lock up an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before the conference tournaments begin in about a week. Some area teams, like Texas and SMU, are sitting pretty heading down the stretch. For others, like Oklahoma State and Baylor,..." March 01

  • SMU's big win has Mustangs looking good; Baylor, OSU on the bubble

    Dallas Morning News "It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation. While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State,..." February 25

  • Kansas beats Oklahoma, clinches share of 10th straight Big 12 title

    Kansas City Star "The ball swung to the wing, and Andrew Wiggins set his feet. It was the final minutes of Monday night’s game at Allen Fieldhouse, and No. 5 Kansas was minutes away from clinching a share of its 10th straight Big 12 championship. Ten straight. It’s a dizzying feat in the modern era of college..." February 25

  • Oklahoma 86, Kansas St. 73

    ProSportsDaily "Buddy Hield scored 18 points to lead a balanced effort as the Sooners posted a comfortable home victory. Hield was 3-of-6 from 3-point range while Isaiah Cousins (17 points) and Jordan Woodard (11) each made a pair of 3-pointers. The Sooners (20-7, 9-5 Big 12) shot 10-of-23 from long range as a..." February 23

  • NCAA Tournament projections: Longhorns looks good; Baylor back in picture; how much did loss hurt SMU?

    Dallas Morning News "It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation. While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State, have..." February 20

  • Buddy Hield keeps shooting until he hits key 3-pointers in Sooners' victory

    The Oklahoman "Buddy Hield wasn't about to stop putting up shots. Not after he went 1 of 13 from the floor in a game a few days ago and certainly not after his 3-pointer that could've put Oklahoma ahead with less than 2:30 remaining Saturday against Oklahoma State missed the mark. Hield kept shooting and..." February 16

  • Sooners' Frank Booker plays the hero role in a strange Bedlam game

    The Oklahoman "OU freshman Frank Booker knew little about Bedlam basketball when he was honing his hoop skills down in Augusta, Ga. “Not much,” Booker admitted. “But I caught one of the games on TV. It was here (Gallagher-Iba Arena). The crowd was wild. It was huge on ESPN. So I figured it was a pretty big..." February 16

  • Comeback falls short, Texas Tech upsets Sooners 68-60

    The Oklahoman "Cam Clark sensed something was wrong before Wednesday's basketball game against Texas Tech. “I felt like we weren't ready to play,” Clark said. “We've just got to get back to playing like we used to. We can't take games for granted.” After Oklahoma proved Clark right in a 68-60 loss at Lloyd..." February 13

  • Oklahoma player leaves note on why he doesn't deserve ticket

    Fox Sports Southwest "One Oklahoma basketball player would like to see a change, but it's not on the court. Like most college students across the country, Sooners guard James Fraschilla, son of ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, had trouble finding a place to park on campus to make it to class on..." February 12

  • Isaiah Cousins scores career-high 21 points in No. 21 Sooners' win over Baylor

    The Oklahoman "Buddy Hield has had nights like this. For Isaiah Cousins, it was a new experience. Hield scored from the outside and Cousins found his way inside after Baylor adjusted defensively to give No. 21 Oklahoma an 88-72 win in front of an estimated 9,189 at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday..." February 09

  • WVU outlasts No. 21 Oklahoma in overtime

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Eron Harris helped put a stop to West Virginia's long drought against ranked opponents. The sophomore scored 26 of his 28 points after halftime, and the Mountaineers outlasted No. 21 Oklahoma, 91-86, in overtime Wednesday night. West Virginia broke a streak of 16 straight losses against..." February 06

  • Georges Niang's career day lifts ISU men past Oklahoma 81-75

    Des Moines Register "Iowa State had one of those no, no, yesssss moments with less than a minute to play against 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. But with the way Georges Niang played the first 39 minutes, why not? So with 55 seconds to play and the 16th-ranked Cyclones leading by a..." February 02

  • Sooners doing something no other team in college basketball is doing

    The Oklahoman "One of the keys to Oklahoma’s basketball success so far this season has been its solid fortune with players staying healthy. The Sooners have lost only five games to injury and none by starters. Je’lon Hornbeak missed four games with a broken foot and Tyler Neal missed the Sooners’ Dec. 8..." January 29

  • Bedlam basketball: Local trio helps Sooners sink Cowboys

    The Oklahoman "The state of Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State on Monday night. Three local products — Ryan Spangler, Jordan Woodard and Tyler Neal — came up big for Oklahoma as the No. 23-ranked Sooners pulled off an 88-76 upset of the No. 8 Cowboys in front of an estimated 11,002 at Lloyd Noble Center. Shortly..." January 28

  • Sooners survive trip to Texas Tech

    The Oklahoman "It has never been easy this season for Oklahoma during Big 12 play. So why should a Saturday at Texas Tech have been any different? The No. 25 Sooners have regularly had chances to pull away before letting their opponents back in the game. They followed a similar script Saturday, holding on..." January 25

  • Big 12 could be set for record-tying number of teams in NCAA tournament

    Dallas Morning News "Big 12 teams can find some consolation even as they take turns giving and receiving body blows in the college basketball version of a steel cage match. The NCAA Tournament men’s selection committee is acutely aware of the conference and is already taking notes. Committee chairman Ron Wellman..." January 24

  • Sooners hold off pesky TCU

    The Oklahoman "Everyone associated with Oklahoma is getting used to seeing this from Ryan Spangler. It didn't take long for TCU to figure out what it was in for with Spangler on Wednesday night. The sophomore forward had 13 points — all in the second half — and 16 rebounds as the No. 25 Sooners needed..." January 23

  • Oklahoma's James Fraschilla releases new trick-shot video to raise money for charity

    ProSportsDaily "James Fraschilla of the Oklahoma Sooners loves making trick-shot videos, and he does them for a very good cause. The junior guard is quickly becoming the king of basketball trickery. Fraschilla does these videos to support Hayden's Hope, an organization aiming to raise awareness for pediatric..." January 21

  • No. 12 Baylor falls to No. 25 Oklahoma

    Baylor Lariat "Playing in front of a blacked-out home crowd, Baylor found themselves down by seven with merely 29.8 seconds left. Two threes from sophomore center Isaiah Austin later and somehow, Baylor had a chance to win this game with 9.1 seconds left, down by only two points. It wasn’t to be however, as..." January 19