Just weeks ago, Oklahoma’s backcourt of the future was shrouded in uncertainty.
Shortly after prized freshman point guard Trae Young declared for the draft after just one season with the Sooners, backup guard Jordan Shepherd, Young’s likely replacement, announced his intent to transfer from the program. The following day, sophomore guard Kameron McGusty also announced that he would transfer from Oklahoma, leaving Sooners coach Lon Kruger with little talent left on the perimeter.
Fortunately for Kruger and the Sooners, the graduate transfer market has been good to Oklahoma.
In the weeks since Oklahoma’s mass exodus, the Sooners have added a pair of key grad transfer standouts: former Pacific guard Miles Reynolds and Maine star Aaron Calixate, which helped make Oklahoma a winner of the spring transfer market, as detailed by Rivals’ Corey Evans.
“When Trae Young signed with Oklahoma, very few people expected him to spend just one season in Norman. When the former five-star guard emerged as a likely lottery pick and eventually declared for the NBA draft, Lon Kruger and his staff were forced to quickly look for reinforcements,” Evans said.
“The Sooners added Pacific guard Miles Reynolds, a steady combo guard that began his career at St. Louis. Oklahoma then nabbed a sturdy scorer in Maine guard Aaron Calixate. The pair will be immediately eligible in 2018-19 and while neither boast Young-like firepower, they will bring maturity and experience to the Sooners’ program.”
A pair of double-digit scorers last season, Reynolds and Calixate combined to average 30.2 points and 6 assists per game last season. While they may not be the must-see TV that the Sooners became last season with Young running the show en route to All-America honors, they’ll provide Oklahoma with a pair of tremendously seasoned products — they’ve combined to play in 184 games throughout their college careers — who can produce, and likely start, from Day 1.
That, alone, should prove the difference in Oklahoma sinking towards the bottom of the Big 12 next season and remaining competitive as the conference landscape shifts yet again.