On Tuesday night, six seniors step on the court in front of a home crowd for the final time. However, in a bit of a controversial move, the Oklahoma Sooners have also decided to honor Blake Griffin on the same night. Let's take a look at what each has contributed over the past several years.
One of four players to start every game over the past three years, Hield turned into a star. Providing the vocal leadership while carrying the scoring load and setting the tone in regards to effort, the guard earned Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior. A Preason All-American in 2015-16, Hield looks to earn looks to repeat as the Big XII's best averaging 25.4 points each outing.
Although Cousins fell victim to the position roulette, he has certainly found a home. Running the offense from the point guard position, Cousins helped the Sooners soar to new heights reaching No. 1 in the nation. The guard remains one of four players to start every game for Oklahoma over the past three years (96 games). Continuously improving, Cousins averages 13.3 points per game with the ability to take over a game.
An Oklahoma native and transfer from Gonzaga, Spangler was a welcomed addition to this program led by Lon Kruger. Setting the tone in terms of physicality, Spangler quickly became a staple pulling down numerous double-doubles. His most recent came against Oklahoma State behind 26 points and 14 rebounds. Heading into this year, the senior ranked second in career field goal percentage at 58.2% but also extended his range.
Pulled from the JUCO ranks, Walker provided much needed depth during his career as a Sooner. Knowing Lon Kruger expects heavy minutes from the starters, Walker saw roughly 13 minutes each game this season. In the allowed playing time, the senior averages 3.6 points
C.J. Cole & Austin Mankin
Two players who have made an impact on the culture of Oklahoma Basketball without numerous minutes on the court. With the camera focusing in on the bench earlier in the year, these seniors could be viewed as major contributors to the celebrations happening on the sideline. Last year, Sooners Sports added a feature on the impact of those sitting on the bench...