Kruger Talks Newcomers
NORMAN - The Oklahoma men's basketball squad will feature five new faces in 2018-19 – four of which are upperclassmen. Through gaining two graduate transfer guards, a JUCO forward, a sharp-shooting DI transfer and a promising freshman, Oklahoma added some seasoned talent to a returning core roster.
The Sooner roster has been one of the youngest in the Big 12 the past two seasons, and the rookies of previous years are now developing into the upperclassmen leaders of next. Through the combination of time and targeting experienced transfers in recruiting, Oklahoma's 2018-19 roster holds 12 upperclassmen (had only six in 2017-18) and six seniors (only one last year).
This summer, OU head coach Lon Kruger sat down with SoonerSports.com to break down the Sooners’ five new additions and how he hopes they fit into the matured roster.
“Their opportunity to step in and have an impact on the program right away is very real and we’re very much looking forward to working with them every day,” said Kruger.
Below is a breakdown of Kruger’s insight on the newest Sooners.
“Aaron is a great young man. A lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy, really excited about being here. Had a good career up at Maine and we’re excited about the timing of him coming in and providing great leadership at the point. Really quick offensively and pushes the ball in transition, a scoring point guard - which we really like in our program - and is very active, very aggressive on the defensive end.”
“Miles Reynolds graduated at Pacific. He's from Chicago originally and really an outstanding leader. A combo guard who can play the point, can play the off. He's very good with the ball, good making plays for others, can score it as well. He's a guy that will impact right away.”
“Jamal Bieniemy is a terrific young guy. Very, very good basketball player, makes good basketball plays, scores when that’s the play, drives and kicks when that’s the play, very active defensively, very involved all the time, good all-around awareness. His instincts are outstanding. He's excited to be here and we’re excited to have him.”
“Austin Reeves will sit this year and have two (years) left. Just an outstanding scorer but also has very, very good instincts. Knows how to feed the post, moves well without the ball. A good leader and has played at a high level at Wichita State for two years and has been very effective there and will take the year to get bigger and stronger and develop further as a player.”
“Kur is a guy from junior college that brings a long frame - 6-10 standing, 7-3 or 7-4 wingspan...Defense is where his forte is right now, but with time, he’ll keep improving offensively and have a big impact on the program.”