It has been revealed that Oklahoma senior guard Jordan Woodard suffered a torn ACL in the team’s loss at Iowa State on Saturday. Woodard, a native of Arcadia, Okla., started 124 games in his career for the Sooners, averaging 11.5 points per game.
This is news that was somewhat expected after witnessing the gruesome nature of his injury, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. Along with former teammates Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler, Woodard has been a major contributor in Oklahoma’s recent run of success. To see his career end during the middle of such a disappointing season a real shame.
Over these past four seasons, Woodard has had his fair share of great moments. He was a key contributor in one of the greatest games in the history of college basketball, going 6-9 from beyond the arc in a triple-overtime loss to Kansas last season. Another notable performance came in OU’s Sweet 16 win over Texas A&M last March.
The 2016-17 season was a rough one for Jordan Woodard, and it will continue to be rough for his teammates. However, he brought OU a glimmer of hope on January 18 with a clutch performance for the ages in Morgantown.
After excelling as a starting at point guard during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Woodard unselfishly handed the reigns over to Cousins as a junior. His stellar play at the off guard position made Oklahoma’s backcourt the best in the country during the 2015-16 season, and it resulted in the program’s fifth trip to the Final Four. He’s been front-and-center for some of the greatest moments in the program’s recent history, and Sooner fans will look back on his career with fondness.
Thanks for the memories, Jordan.
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