Warren Off to a Strong Start

Oklahoma freshman guard Willie Warren has helped the Sooners off to a quick 3-0 start. He may have started off a little slow, but he is starting to heat up as his point totals are on the rise…

It is still Blake Griffin's show, but there are a lot of lofty expectations for former McDonald's All-American Willie Warren.

Warren got off to a slow start (by his standard), but has heated up quickly and has been able to hit double digits in scoring in each of the Sooners first three games (10,10,20).

People definitely noticed his 20-point performance against Davidson, but more importantly for Warren he was able to connect on a few three-point baskets.

He was 0-for-11 from behind the arc in OU's first two victories, but may now be out of that funk after nailing home his first three long distance shots.

Warren is currently first among Big 12 freshman in scoring (14.7 points per game) and minutes played (26.7 minutes per game).

"The coaches have just been watching film with me and showing me seams I could cut through to get to the cup, and they are just telling me not to settle for the jump shot every time," Warren explained.

He would end up scoring 20 points in OU's 82-78 win over No. 20 Davidson, but he would be forced to sit most of the second half because of foul trouble.

"He was in one of those grooves where all of a sudden you think he could explode for 30 plus," Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel commented. "I love the way he is going, but when he went out (against Davidson) it was a huge blow to our offense."

There is little doubt that Warren will be able to create offense, but he may be more pleased with the play he has provided on the defensive end of the floor. At times he even found himself covering the great Stephen Curry.

"They are putting me in tough situations, making me guard these quick guards," Warren admitted. "I just talked to Coach Capel today, and I asked him how I'm defending, and he said that I was doing great, and to just keep doing what I'm doing."

Up Next: The Sooners will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1:00pm.

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