Less than 48 hours after Jordan Shepherd announced his intention to move on from the program, guard Kameron McGusty announced a much larger blow to the Oklahoma Sooners when he tweeted his intention to transfer.
McGusty, a former top-50 recruit from Katy, TX, was a bright spot on an 11-win Oklahoma team as a freshman in 2016-17, scoring 10.9 PPG. However, the arrival of Trae Young and the reinsertion of Christian James into the starting lineup significantly diminished his role as a sophomore, and it appeared to have an impact on his confidence at times. Nonetheless, McGusty was able to score in double-figures in six straight games (Wichita State on 12/16-West Virginia on 1/6). His minutes then began to fall off substantially during conference play, rendering him a non-factor. Lon Kruger then inserted him as a starter in place of Rashard Odomes in late February. After once looking like one of the leaders of a bright future, McGusty ended the season averaging 8.0 PPG and playing 18.5 MPG.
This development is definitely a bit of a blow from a personnel standpoint, as McGusty was someone who was capable of creating off the dribble. However, we was not exactly known as someone who was great at sharing the ball or defending at a high level, so perhaps it won’t hurt from an on-court chemistry standpoint. Regardless, the grad transfer/JUCO/late addition market is going to be extremely crucial in the coming days and weeks as Kruger and his assistants will look to patch up some of the holes. There is also a very good chance that OU is not done with attrition, so keep your eyes open for things of that nature.