According to Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger, forward Dante Buford intends to transfer to another school. This comes just weeks after news of Oklahoma guard Darrion Strong-Moore’s intention to transfer.
Lon Kruger announced that Darrion Strong-Moore & Dante Buford will transfer from OU. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/WTycEOrxhP— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) April 13, 2017
Buford came out of Arlington Country Day School as a four-star prospect (according to ESPN), but he was forced to redshirt during the 2014-15 season due to eligibility issues. After scoring 3.5 PPG on Oklahoma’s 2015-16 Final Four squad, his role didn’t increase as a sophomore. Kristian Doolittle’s emergence at the power forward position meant that Buford would likely never start at Oklahoma for the remainder of his career, so his decision certainly makes sense.
Buford was never a very consistent player during his time in Norman, and his defense left much to be desired. However, he provided a nice spark off the bench at times with his three-point shooting ability (.364 in 2016-17). Having him on the team in 2017-18 would’ve been nice, but this opens up yet another scholarship that Kruger can use however he sees fit. Following the departures of Buford and Darrion Strong-Moore, he’ll likely use at least one of the open spots to bring in a graduate transfer. Sooner fans are hoping that the spot ends up going to Rice’s Egor Koulechov, who visited OU this past weekend.
We certainly wish Dante and Darrion all the best in the future, and we hope they’re able to shine at other schools.