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2014-15 Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Preview | Returning Strong In The Backcourt

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Last season's top scorer Buddy Hield returns to lead a strong Oklahoma backcourt

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"They've got quite a bit of experience, but still they're not an old group with Jordan just a sophomore and Buddy and Isaiah (Cousins) juniors. So it's a good combination. Even though it's not a senior-laden group, it's a pretty experienced group and they've been through it. They took that big step last year yet know they want to do more. I like their attitude and approach going into the season with regard to us not yet really accomplishing what we want to and that we have a long way to go. That's healthy." -Lon Kruger on his guards via SoonerSports.com

Oklahoma's backcourt will once again be the strength of the team. Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield are now juniors and even more so they are experienced veterans that have tasted the experience of the NCAA Tournament. Don't get me wrong. Progress in the frontcourt is vital to this team getting beyond the first round of the NCAA's but there's no doubt that the guys of the backcourt will be the ones who carry the team's success.

Frank Booker - 6-4/193 sophomore shooting guard. Forty-two of Booker's forty-nine made field goals last season were from three-point range. As a freshman he shot nearly 37% from beyond the arc which was the fifth-best mark for a freshman in program history.

The Sooners set a school-record last season while leading the conference with 8.6 made three-pointers per came. They can actually improve on that mark this season if Booker takes a positive step from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

Isaiah Cousins - 6-4/192 junior combo guard. Started all 33 games last season and dished out a career-high 70 assists and averaged 11 points per game (3rd best on the team). Named as the team's most improved player last season, Cousins shot 44% from the floor and also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Buddy Hield - 6-4/212 junior combo guard. You just can't put a value on what Buddy adds to this squad. Beyond his team-high 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game are the leadership qualities he adds be it on the floor or from the bench. Lon Kruger has spent the last two seasons building this team around the leadership of Buddy Hield.

Jordan Woodard - 6-0/189 sophomore point guard. Started all 33 games last season as a true freshman and produced 10.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. A true point guard, Woodard was key to Oklahoma's backcourt success last season.

The addition of JUCO transfer Dinjiyl Walker replaces Je'lon Hornbeak who transferred out after the spring. Even with a new face in the rotation, the Sooners have a deep and experienced backcourt and we've literally had the opportunity to watch them grow up. Now it's time for them to give us the joy of watching them lead the team deeper into the NCAA Tournament.