Two weeks from the start of the regular season against Memphis, and Sooners Illustrated is set to breakdown the 11 scholarship players on the 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. 10 Jordan Woodard (6-foot, 187 pounds)
9.3 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game
What happened last year: Woodard actually saw a drop-off statistically in points, and assists with a small jump in turnovers – less than half a turnover per game – and shooting percentage. That’s probably because he was handling the ball more and took more clutch shots at the end of games in his second year as the Sooners’ starting point guard.
He was a great team leader for the Sooners and seemed to grow defensively as well – averaging almost an extra steal per game. Starting with the Sooners’ victory against Oklahoma State, Woodard scored at least eight points in 18 of Oklahoma’s final 19 games.
Level of importance for Oklahoma (1-10): 7. Oklahoma has its big-time scorer in Buddy Hield and its X-factor in Isaiah Cousins. The Sooners have their workhorse in Ryan Spangler, but with so many weapons to feed, they need a leader. Enter Woodard, who seems primed for a big year. And for him a big year doesn’t mean statistics or glamour. It means wins.
Woodard’s job becomes easier than last year. He’ll likely see a drop in minutes per game and in scoring, which would actually be ideal for all parties. He has to be a distributor and a player than can knock down the occasional open shot. He’ll be sure to have a bunch.
He might even play off the ball some as the Sooners noticeably wore down at the end of last year. This should keep him fresh.
If there’s one thing Woodard needs to improve, it’s his 3-point shooting. He shots 25 percent last year.
Projected stat line: 8.5 points per game, 5 assists per game, 38 shooting percentage
Woodard becomes less of a scorer and more of a distributor with more scoring talent around him. Last year, Oklahoma had maybe four players outside of Woodard who it could rely on to score.
This year, there might not be a big enough ball to go around. Based on projections, it seems like there will be up to seven players that Oklahoma can rely on to put the ball in the basket.
Woodard’s most important job is to get the ball out of his hands and into the right hands.
His goals, his words: “My goal for this team is to win the Big 12 Championship and the Final Four . . . Personally? That’s personal. That’s all it takes for me.”