Oklahoma spent the weekend honoring some of the top defenders in school history. The top rebounders, stealers and shot blockers were singled out Friday night before a banquet in their honor.
Sooners Illustrated caught up with three of them to talk about some current Sooners filling their shoes.
Alvan Adams, who is the Oklahoma leader in rebounds per game and ranks third in career boards, is one of only four Oklahoma players to have their jersey retired and was drafted fourth overall in the 1975 NBA Draft. He was the Big Eight Player of the Year as a senior.
Daryl “Choo” Kennedy finished his career at Oklahoma ranked third in career points and ranks second all-time in career rebounds.
Terry Evans ranks second in career steals, having posted at least 40 every season and averaging 78 per season during his final three years at Oklahoma. He’s also the Sooners’ all-time leader in assists.
Here’s what the legends said about the current players:
Adams on Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler. . .
“He’s an animal isn’t he? The way he attacks the boards, it’s so fun to watch him. I was nothing like him. He’s just a beast. I chased rebounds down by quickness and stuff. I could jump a little bit too. It’s always great to watch the great rebounders. When I grew up back in the 70s and was being coached, it was all about screen your guy out and create space between the rim and yourself. Today, some times you don’t make that contact. You just go and get the rebound because you have to sniff it out.
Those guys are awesome. They can play. They’ve got size, speed, athleticism. They are both great candidates to break (the steals) record. They’ve been here four years. I know Buddy is close to the 3-point record. . . . They are better players than I was. I played in a system that allowed me to get more assists, more steals and more 3s. I think the system had a lot to do with it.
Kennedy on similarities between his game and Spangler’s. . .
I don’t’ know about his style, but I like the way he plays defense and the way he’s always that last stand. He’s always that last stand on the defense. If somebody else breaks down, he’s always going to be that guy that rotates over and helps. He’s always that last line of defense for us.
Kennedy on Spangler breaking his records . . .
Ryan is going to probably break every record I had, which I expect. That would be a good thing. It would mean we’re showing improvement and good team chemistry. You’ve got to have rebounds to win the game, and he’s a great rebound. One of the best we’ve ever had in our history.