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Coming off a career-high in minutes, Oklahoma Sooners forward Jamuni McNeae talks about how he got there.

The sophomore is filled with potential and enthusiasm - and now a stronger work ethic.

You finally got extended playing time against Texas. What was the biggest change for you?

Honestly, in the beginning we weren’t playing Big 12 teams. We were playing smaller schools. I was comfortable in those games. I wasn’t ready for the physicality of actually playing Division I teams. I started working with (strength coach Bryce) Daub and stuff. He helped me. I lift twice a day sometimes. I lift as much as possible. I shoot in the morning, shoot in the afternoon and after practice. I’m trying to build my confidence back up. When I got in, I was excited. I was just making sure to do what coach told me. He told me to stay in front of Prince (Ebeh) and make sure he doesn’t catch in the post. I just tried my hardest to stay in front of him.

Where did your goofy, fun-loving attitude come from?

My dad, man. If you ever meet my dad, people say I’m just like him. I don’t think I do any goofy things. Other people tell me I do. It’s just me. It’s my personality I guess.

You were the big celebrator last year on the bench. Who has taken over in that regard?

I think Matt (Freeman) is. After Buddy hit that 3, you saw the guitar solo. I kind of think he’s taking over like that. C.J. (Cole) is always the funniest on the bench.

You’re a big music guy, what’s your pre-game mix like?

Right now, it’s a mixture of Drake, some A$AP Rocky, Young Dolph, Future – all the basics.

You’ve been in Norman for almost two years, what’s the best thing outside of basketball?

Living in Headington (Hall) because you’re surrounded by a whole bunch of athletes. They have the same schedule as you, so you have something in common. They understand what you’re going through. They keep you motivated. You’re always surround by friends who are athletes and going through the same thing, like not playing as much. They keep you up. They know exactly what to do.

What’s your worst habit?

I get lazy. I try to do the bare minimum. I try to take the easy route. I’m trying to get out of that.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

That’s a hard one. I don’t think I have anything that I don’t like.

Your roommate Khadeem Lattin has never done anything you don’t like?

I don’t think me and Khadeem have ever had a fight about the room. We don’t even do anything. Our doors stay open, but we keep to ourselves. We just walk into each other’s room and talk. We haven’t had one argument since we’ve been here.

What should fans know about you that they don’t know?

I used to love video games, but I can’t play those as much. I get migraines, so I can’t play video games as much as I used to. That’s something I did. I used to love playing Halo and Mortal Kombat and stuff like that. I used to play in tournaments when I was little.

So you lost your Halo game a little bit?

Nah, you can’t lose that. I’ll get back on and drop 15. I’ll go 15-2 one time.


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