The Oklahoma Sooners recruited Austin Grandstaff before the shooting guard signed with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Appearing in 10 games, the No. 14 shooting guard of the 2015 class sited a desire to play closer to home. The desire manifested itself in a transfer while Grandstaff chose the Sooners over SMU. Enrolling for the spring semester, Grandstaff would have become eligible for the second half of the upcoming season. However, it appears as though the freshman has decided to transfer yet again as reported by 247Sports.
With returning starter, Jordan Woodard alongside budding star Christian James and reserve Rashard Odomes, the shooting guard position remains overcrowded. Neither Cameron McGusty nor Jordan Shepherd, a late addition, have been mentioned at this point as the incoming freshmen further muddying the waters.
Each year, Lon Kruger continues to up the game in terms of recruiting. The incoming recruiting class trumps all previous seasons under Kruger's direction. Oklahoma is not for the faint of heart as the program strives to reach new heights. Only the strong will survive. Yet, Grandstaff's style of play as a scorer and legitimate three point shooter would have fit in well with the current system.
Often drawing comparisons to the Golden State Warriors, the Sooners lived and died at the three point line. The loss of above average three point shooters like Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins leave Oklahoma scouring for production and leadership. Any of the aforementioned names could potentially become difference makers.
With such a large void to fill, Grandstaff could have provided part of the answer. Now, we'll never know. At first glance, it appears as though the situation at SG could lead to a transfer. The late addition of combo guard Shepherd also seemed to indicate such a move. Yet, the only one who knows the real reason is Grandstaff.
Hopefully, we'll hear comments on why the decision was made as well as where he intends to play college basketball.