Report Card: Oklahoma – Mount St. Mary's

NORMAN, Okla. – Sooners Illustrated breaks down the Sooners first basketball on the 2009-2010 slate. How did the young but talented team fare?

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Overall – B+

The Sooners started out slow, especially in transition defense as the Mountaineers were able to score high percentage of their first half points by pushing the action and running the floor, but with the insertion of big man Andrew Fitzgerald the Sooners were able to slow it down and change the flow of the game.

There can be no complaints about the OU offense as it is apparent that they are going to be able to score points. They double and triple teamed Willie Warren at times, but he was able to rack up 11 assists by dumping the ball off to the open man.

All-in-all it was an impressive opening showing for a young Sooner squad.

Willie Warren – A

He had some good moments passing the ball. And he racked up 11 assists, but he struggled shooting the ball.

He was 4-10 from the field, but was still able to secure his first double-double of the season (15 points, 11 assists).

Tiny Gallon – A+

Gallon's Sooner career could not have started off much better.

He was only 6-of-14 from the field, but still poured in an impressive 18 points and pulled down 15 boards.

He is very athletic fro a big man and has great hands. Blake Griffin had a plethora of double-doubles in his time at OU, but judging from this on performance. Tiny may make a run for his mark.

Tommy Mason-Griffin – B-

He got off to a fast start with an assist on the first possession, play which exhibited his ball handling skills and ability to push the action.

He is also a player that will make thing happen from the point. He will beat you off the dribble and take the ball to the basket.

Tony Crocker – C

Crocker struggled from the field and only went 2-for-7 and only scored four points. He also missed some time in the first half when he went to the locker room after it appeared he was poked in the eye.

Ryan Wright – C

Like Crocker Wright was only 2-for-7 from the field. He did not do anything spectacular but did secure five defensive rebounds.

Bench – A+

Wright and Crocker better keep a close eye on Andrew Fitzgerald and Steven Pledger, who will be pushing for their starting roles if they continue to play this well.

Pledger was the high scorer in the game after he came off the bench to pour in 21 points. He was 8-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc. Pledger's 21 points were the most by a Sooner off the bench in the Capel era.

Fitzgerald seems to be a disciplined player and what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with court smarts and savvy body positioning. He scored 14 points and looks like he could be a key contributor.

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