Just four days before its season-opening exhibition game, head coach Lon Kruger and 11 members of the Oklahoma men's basketball team met reporters at Lloyd Noble Center for the program's annual local media day.
Mentioned frequently by Kruger and his players throughout the media session was OU's improved depth. The 17-member squad returns its top six scorers from last season, and four newcomers figure to play prominent roles as well.
One of those fresh faces is Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Amath M'Baye, a junior forward who sat out last year after transferring from Wyoming.
Said Kruger, "Amath brings versatility, a great motor, great energy, (the ability to run) the floor and effort to the board. He's just engaged all the time. When you think about a player like that, and you get that many minutes that he's going to play on the floor at that high level of competiveness and engagement and productivity, that's a big boost right off the top."
Select quotes from Kruger and OU's three captains (M'Baye and senior forwards Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby) are below, while several video clips are in the sidebar to the right.
The Sooners play their first exhibition game this Friday at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center against Division II foe Washburn. Tickets for the general public for the exhibition contest start at $5, while OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.