Men's Basketball Media Day

Basketball season is almost here, and OU head coach Jeff Capel took the podium for local Media Day Tuesday afternoon in Norman.

And he was very positive, for the most part.

"[We're a] young team and a team that has a lot of new guys," Capel said. "There have been some really bright spots at some times, and at times it looks like we have no idea what we're doing."

One thing Capel's satisfied with is the work ethic and how that's translated so far in the preseason.

"But our guys have been very consistent with how hard they've worked, with their attitudes and their willingness to listen and learn and try to improve each day," Capel said. "And that's the first step in becoming a better team is having the attitude in which you want to learn and which you want to get better, and these guys have been the epitome of that."

That's impressive, considering how much youth this team is rolling out.

"As I mentioned earlier, we are a young team," Capel said. "We have eight new guys that are able to play for us, and we have one senior and two of the guys that are returning that will play significant minutes for us are sophomores."

Those eight newcomers are freshman guards Calvin Newell, Jr. and T.J. Taylor, freshmen forwards Abdul Ahmed, Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal and junior forwards Barry Honore, Nick Thompson and C.J. Washington.

The two sophomores that will be expected to step up and perform are guard Steven Pledger and forward Andrew Fitzgerald, and OU's senior team leader will be guard Cade Davis.

Those three are expected to pull the others along.

"So there's going to be a growing curve for us," Capel said. "But we're excited about that process of getting better, and our goal is to try to get better each day and try to improve as a basketball team each day, and I feel like if we continue to have the attitude that we've shown and continue to make the progress that we've shown from day one until where we are today that we'll happen pretty quickly for this basketball team."

The Sooners will get their first opportunity to display their progress when they take the court at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday, Nov. 2 against Northern State at Lloyd Noble Center.

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