Kyler Murray expected to play football; Trae Young mocked to Orlando
Welcome to the Thursday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray could go early in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. However, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley expects Murray to play quarterback for Oklahoma in the fall, according to the Associated Press.
Murray is in a tight quarterback battle with Austin Kendall for the starting job at Oklahoma. Both are former blue-chip recruits who sat out a season at Oklahoma. Murray is the expected starter, but anything can change.
- DieHards writer John Shinn wrote about the Sooners’ burgeoning pipeline from California to Oklahoma, one that includes Grant Calcaterra and “Bookie” Radley-Hiles.
- ESPN’s Jake Trotter wrote about the biggest position battle at Oklahoma. He listed the center battle between Jonathan Alvarez and Creed Humphrey.
Trae Young buzz
Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is moving up NBA draft boards quickly. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony projects Young as the No. 6 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in his latest mock draft.
In fact, SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell and CBS Sports Gary Parrish also project Young to the Magic at No. 6. Young is a dynamic player and arguably one of the best college freshmen ever. He became the first player to ever lead college basketball in points and assists per game. The Magic desperately need scoring help.
- Oklahoma men’s golf qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will take place in Stillwater, Okla., from May 25-30. The Sooners are hoping to defend their national championship from last season. In all, 7 of 10 Big 12 teams made it, which is best in conference history.
- Former offensive tackle Orlando Brown signed a rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a four-year, $3.491 million contract.
- Former Oklahoma basketball coach Kelvin Sampson is becoming a priority for the Orlando Magic, according to the New York Times Marc Stein.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Cornerback Bookie Radley-Hiles:
I don’t believe in pressure, get the job done, period..
It’s Nothin else to talk about
— B. Radley-Hiles (@Bookie_44) May 17, 2018
Linebacker Kenneth Murray:
The Harder the struggle, the more Glorious the Triumph…
— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) May 16, 2018
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