Capel Announces 2010-11 Hoops Captains

The season opener is just 46 days away, and head coach Jeff Capel has officially stated who the captains will be for the upcoming season.

Senior guard Cade Davis, junior guard T.J. Franklin, junior forward Nick Thompson and sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald are the four that have been chosen.

"Cade, Fitz, T.J. Franklin, and Nick were selected as captains because of the qualities they displayed in summer workouts and have shown thus far in our preseason program," Capel said. "We've had several players who have shown qualities of a captain, but these guys were selected by their teammates and have the full support of our coaching staff. I am confident they will do an excellent job of leading this year's team."

Davis, who will be called upon the most, is the team's only senior and led OU in a number of categories last year, including minutes played, scoring, rebounding assists, steals and three-pointers.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.5 steals per game and had 58 threes.

"With this being my senior year, I feel tons of urgency and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure we do everything we can to have a successful year," Davis said. "With me being the only senior and one of a few guys with significant playing experience, I just want to come out and do my best to make sure the guys are prepared. We need to have a good season after last year."

Franklin is a 5-foot-11 walk-on and earned the captain role although he's only played 52 minutes in two years, but he's been a mainstay character-wise with his dedication to the program.

"I know I have some influence over some of the guys on the team and I guess [my selection] shows that I'm doing something right," Franklin said. "I love this school. I love my teammates, and i just try to do everything I can to help them. That's been my motivation. It's a testament to my hard work, my consistency and my passion I have for the University of Oklahoma and basketball itself."

Thompson, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Eastern Utah, said he's humbled and attributes being named a captain simply to his college basketball experience.

"I appreciate the fact I was named a captain and I appreciate the guys and coaches for thinking I‘m someone for that position," Thompson said. "I think one of the obvious reasons I was selected is that I'm one of the older guys on a young team. I don't have any D-I experience, but I do have good basketball experience. The fact that I show up and work hard every day, I think people can respect that and feed off that."

And Fitzgerald, at 6-foot-8, added more of the same.

"I'm very honored to be a team captain," said Fitzgerald, who averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last year. "I'm just going to lead my team the best way I can. I want my teammates to feel comfortable to come talk to me about any situation, on the court or off the court. If one of my teammates is slacking, I can will be that leader to talk to them and tell them to pick it up."

The Sooners tip things off against Northern State on Nov. 2 at a time to be announced.

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--Quotes courtesy of OU Media Relations


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