After Lon Kruger took over the Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball program, the future hall of fame coach made it a point to keep the best in-state talent in the state. With the start of his fourth season, Kruger continues to show a dedication to that concept.
Just spoke w/ Edmond Memorial coach Shane Cowherd. Calls JR OU commit Kristian Doolittle the best 2016 recruit in the state. Story coming.— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) December 2, 2014
For the second time in two years, the Sooners have dipped into Edmond Memorial early to form relationships and come out with a commitment. First, it was Jordan Woodard, a 4-star point guard who Oklahoma established a connection with during his sophomore season in high school. This time, it's 3-star small forward Kristian Doolittle who was first contacted by the coaching staff as a freshman according to Rivals.
As far as skills are concerned, Doolittle proves to have a high basketball IQ and has played varsity ball since his freshman year. However at 6-6, the high school junior can stretch the floor by knocking down shots around the perimeter of beat a defender off the dribble to finish at the rim with contact. Needless to say, this kid could be a real player on the collegiate level.
Kansas head coach Bill Self has jokingly said that Woodard is the second best player to come out of Edmond Memorial behind Self himself. Where will he rank Doolittle after the kid has played a season of college basketball?