The Oklahoma Sooners stepped onto the hardwood for the first time in an exhibition match ushering in an era without Trae Young. Facing Pittsburg State (Kansas) on Thursday evening, fans in attendance witnessed four newcomers entering the contest within the first twelve minutes of play. Scoring early and often, Lon Kruger’s program earned a 92-58 victory while debuting the new Jordan Brand gear.
Coming into his own, Jamuni McNeace led the team in scoring. Connecting on every single shot attempt, the senior recorded 15 points. However, the forward wasn’t just a presence on the scoreboard. A known rim protector, McNeace alter numerous shots and collected five blocked shots. Becoming a complete player, the experienced post player can easily anchor the program for the duration of the season.
Joining in the effort, Brady Manek secured a double-double in exhibition play. A volume shooter, the Harrah native netted 75% of his shot attempts from beyond the arc. Continuing to stretch the floor, “Larry from the Prairie” added 12 points alongside 13 rebounds in just seventeen minutes on the court.
Most noticeable, Aaron Calixte earned a start for the first time in a Sooner jersey. The graduate transfer logged 21 minutes at point guard for Oklahoma. It’s just the beginning as there will be much more opportunity for the experienced player to showcase his skill set.
OU begins the season a week from Friday.