Justin Hite - Scout

Sooners Illustrated takes a quick look at Oklahoma's key players

Redshirt freshman could provide vital depth in the Sooners' frontcourt

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. 4 Jamuni McNeace (6-foot-10, 215 pounds)

Redshirted in his first year on campus

What happened last year: McNeace watched from the bench during his first year on campus. He was also Oklahoma’s biggest cheerleader.

Level of importance for Oklahoma (1-10): 5. If Oklahoma is going to replace TaShawn Thomas’ production, the Sooners will have to do it with depth. There’s no one player that can do the things that Thomas did at this moment.

McNeace might be the most likely to replace Thomas’ ability to get the ball in the paint and go get a basket. He has the highest potential on the offensive end of any of Oklahoma’s post players.

The Sooners will need him to spell forward Ryan Spangler as well. Spangler is the likely season-long starter at “center,” and McNeace appears to be the most viable back-up at that spot.

Projected stat line: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 12 minutes per game

Oklahoma doesn’t need much production out of McNeace this season. It needs minutes. If McNeace can give the Sooners that without much of a drop off on the defensive end or in rebounding, then it’ll be a great first year for the redshirt freshman.

McNeace will be counted on moving forward. By all accounts, he could be a pretty special player.

His goals, his words: “Just contribute, just be a role player. Whatever coach Kruger needs me to do.”

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