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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: KU’s Bryce Thompson enters transfer portal

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OU and OSU will undoubtedly be making a big push for the Booker T. Washington product.

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Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

After one season with the Kansas Jayhawks, freshman shooting guard Bryce Thompson announced his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on Tuesday. As a five-star recruit in the class of 2020, Thompson — a Tulsa native — chose KU over the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys and North Carolina Tar Heels.

What makes this development particularly intriguing for OU is the fact that Thompson is from the state of Oklahoma (graduated from Booker T. Washington) and had the Sooners among his list of finalists before he ultimately chose Kansas. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the strong relationship with Lon Kruger is what kept OU in the race in the first place, so it’s up to Porter Moser to act quickly to form a rapport.

Over the course of the 2020-21 college basketball season, Thompson averaged 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in more than 17 minutes per game. His freshman season was interrupted twice by injuries — the first being a cracked vertebrae in his lower back and the other being a broken right index finger. In total, the 6’5 guard played 20 of his team’s 30 games.

Thus far, it remains to be seen where Thompson is leaning as far as any decisions are concerned. One thing is for certain: OU is looking to replenish its own roster with an influx of young talent following the exodus of players since this past season came to an end.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! ESPN’s FPI predicts big things from Oklahoma this season, Clayton Smith draws some lofty comparisons, Steph passes Wilt and more!

OU Links

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT, Oklahoma Baseball (16-15) will host Texas Southern inside L. Dale Mitchell Park. This will be the first of two meetings between the Sooners and the Tigers, with the second set for Wednesday afternoon. Tonight’s contest can be streamed live on SoonerSports.TV.
  • Speaking of standout OU edge players, true freshman Clayton Smith has continued to impress his coaches and teammates this spring with how well he’s adjusting to the speed of the collegiate game. SI Sooners’ John Hoover has more.
  • 247 Sports’ Kevin Flaherty recently shared his personal bold predictions for each Big 12 team going into the 2021 college football season, such as Oklahoma winning a playoff semifinal game and the Kansas Jayhawks surprising everyone with multiple victories.

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