Oklahoma guard Steven Pledger came off the bench Sunday afternoon to score 24 points in just 21 minutes of playing time. Pledger went off on a 5-for-7 three-point shooting performance and also made his way to the charity stripe a team high nine times. Its clear that Oklahoma's offense must go through the hands of Pledger with the junior guard getting as many touches as possible. However, the Sooners are also going to have to start the season without him because Coach Kruger announced Wednesday that Oklahoma's sharp-shooter had been suspended.
Pledger was suspended for tomorrow night's season opener against Idaho State for participating in a pro-am game last summer. The suspension means that we'll most likely see a three-guard rotation of Sam Grooms, Carl Blair Jr and Calvin Newell with Cameron Clark playing a guard/forward combo position. Pledger should be reinstated for next Friday's game against Coppin State.
It wasn't all bad news for Oklahoma basketball on Wednesday. On the first day of the early signing period Oklahoma received letters of intent from Buddy Hield (Bel Aire, Kansas) and Je'lon Hornbeak (Arlington, TX) as expected. Kruger also received a commitment from forward Jarion Henry. Henry is a 6-8/200 lb three-star prospect from La Jolla Prep (La Jolla, California) and is the son of former Sooner standout Skeeter Henry.