Late Monday night, Payton Pritchard put himself back on the market after initially committing to play for Lon Kruger at the University of Oklahoma back in November. Pritchard possesses the ability to score from the point guard position while also creating opportunities for others on the floor. Undoubtedly, the 2016 recruit would have set the tone for the future of the position at OU.
Although Pritchard fits nicely in Kruger's offensive system, the July live evaluation period tips this week. Oklahoma remains in the running knowing both parents represented the Sooners in athletics during their collegiate days.
Unfortunately, the Sooners can no longer bank on the standout from Oregon signing and must look elsewhere for a plan B. However, recruitment at the position remains of utmost importance. Backup point guard, Dinjiyl Walker becoming a senior the pressure remains on junior Jordan Woodard. Of course, that's assuming Woodard opts out of the 2016 NBA Draft to play a senior season. If that's the case, he'd be without the likes of Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins, and Ryan Spangler.
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The most likely candidate to fill the void is Roman Young out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, KS. If the school sounds familiar, it'e because Lon Kruger dipped into the talent pool a few years back and pulled out Buddy Hield.
While the point guard position has trended more toward a scoring position, it would be a surprise get if the Sooners could land Shamorie Ponds. A quick player with excellent ball handling skills tends to finding himself looking for the shot first. Although Ponds has the talent to play in a transition offense, the decision making of the soon to be HS Senior comes under fire.
That leaves us with Dejon Jarreau, one of the nation's premier point guards who projects well for a pick-and-roll system. At 6-4, Jarreau draws a mismatch more often than not but shoots inconsistently at times.