Former Oklahoma point guard Darrion Strong-Moore will transfer from the program, sources confirmed Wednesday afternoon. ESPN.com first reported the news.
Strong-Moore spent one season in Norman and averaged 3.7 points per game playing in 26 games and starting six of them.
Strong-Moore was a junior college transfer for the Sooners but things just could never click the way both sides wanted. It was a tough adjustment for Strong-Moore with what head coach Lon Kruger wanted to run, and a lingering shoulder injury never brought out the best in the junior.
Strong-Moore does have one year of eligibility left at the Division I level if he sits out a year and shot 37.9 percent from the field last season.
The loss of Strong-Moore doesn’t necessarily mean the Sooners will look for another point guard. It’s very possible the commitment of Norman (Okla.) North five-star point guard Trae Young could have played a role in Strong-Moore deciding to leave.
The arrival of Young meant minutes were going to be scarce, and freshman Jordan Shepherd is still there to give OU two viable point guards. OU does have an open scholarship now, which could be used with a graduate transfer.
There were signs this was coming. Although social media doesn’t tell the story 100 percent of the time, Strong-Moore’s Twitter account had not shown any signs of him being affiliated with OU for a while.
Strong-Moore, originally from Chicago, was a standout at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, averaging more than 17 points and three assists per game two seasons ago.