Two weeks from the start of the regular season against Memphis, and Sooners Illustrated is set to breakdown the 11 scholarship players on the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster.
We’ll look at importance for this year’s team, a quick recap of last season and a project final stat line.
No. 1 Rashard Odomes (6-foot-6, 200 pounds)
25.2 points per game, 12.4 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game*
What happened last year: Odomes shined at Copperas Cove High School, unveiling nearly unlimited range along with an ability to attack the basket – as a scorer and a rebounder.
He’s a plus defender with great length and could turn into an elite wing defender. He led his high school team to its first playoffs win in decades and is Copperas Cove’s all-time leading scorer.
Level of importance for Oklahoma (1-10): 4. There’s a pretty good chance that Odomes directly fills the role that Frank Booker took on last year – as a 3-point weapon off the bench. With the improvement of Dinjiyl Walker, it seems that Odomes won’t have to be the first wing off the bench, though.
Where Odomes importance lies is as Buddy Hield’s primary back-up. With Walker playing as a combo guard and Dante Buford likely playing in the frontcourt, Odomes will likely play as back-up to Hield – and routinely get in alongside him, too.
Oklahoma doesn’t need Odomes to have a surprising freshman season, but it would could never hurt.
Projected stat line: 5 points per game, 3 rebounds per game, 16 minutes per game, 40 percent 3-point shooting
Odomes can shoot. That’s for sure. There’s a chance his percentages will be equal to Hield or Isaiah Cousins. He won’t be relied on for much, though. If Odomes can be an efficient scorer, that’ll be far more important.
Once the Big 12 season rolls around, there’s a good chance Odomes will need to make one or two big shots.
Next year, Odomes might need to be a 15-point per game scorer. But that’s for another time.
His goal, his words: “Right now, I don’t have individual goals. For the team, I would think the team would want to be better than what we did last year. I feel like when we lost it was an upset. I feel like we can do better.”
*High school stats