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Hammond, Woodard a fit for OU's future

8/23/2012

NORMAN, Okla. -- The commitment of Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) is a terrific coup for Oklahoma for the Class of 2013.

A four-star prospect with a 80 rating, according to ESPN.com, Woodard is one of the nation’s top point guards. The strong, steady guard is an ideal fit for the overall program and the future teams that Lon Kruger is looking to build in Norman.

Woodard is a team-first player who has an excellent feel for running a team. He’s not a dynamic shooter or unstoppable scorer but he makes his teammates better and helps his team win. He also rates as a solid defender who should be able to hold his own and possibly set the tone defensively for OU.

"Jordan's a guy that brings diversity to the OU backcourt. He's a natural combo guard who samples from both positions," ESPN senior basketball analyst Dave Telep told SoonerNation. "Expect him to play alongside a decision-maker and be one of the team's primary defensive guards. A solid shooter, he's a tough-minded player."

With Isaiah Cousins and Je'lon Hornbeak, a pair of true freshmen with point-guard skills, already in the fold, Woodard will give the Sooners another option at point guard. He also has a strength and athletic ability to play alongside Cousins and/or Hornbeak if the Sooners elect to go small.

Woodard’s commitment also means the Sooners can move forward and focus on post players as they look to complete their recruiting class of 2013. With Woodard, Cousins, Hornbeak and true freshman Buddy Hield, OU has quality depth at point guard and shooting guard for the 2013-14 season.

In addition to Woodard, the commitment of 2014 post player Jacob Hammond should bring another smile to Kruger’s face. You can’t teach size and the 6-foot-10 Hammond will bring height and length to the Sooners program in the fall of 2014.

The home-schooled junior has good athleticism and traits that could help him develop into a shot blocker for the Sooners. He’ll need to continue to gain weight (he currently is listed at 230 pounds) and continue to develop his toughness to play in the interior in the Big 12 but he possesses the physical ability to make an significant impact in the post for OU.

For the Sooners, Hammond’s pledge means they’ll add some badly needed size to the roster in 2014 alongside Ryan Spangler, a Gonzaga transfer who will sit out this season, then have three years of eligibility remaining. Post players are the biggest need for the Sooners in their 2013 and 2014 classes, with Spangler as the lone player on the roster at 6-foot-8 or taller projected to be on the roster in 2013-14.