NCB On The Trail: Jacob Hammond

Recruit and return: Nebraska 

March, 21, 2014
In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Nebraska and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:
G: Tai Webster or Benny Parker
G: Shavon Shields
F: Terran Petteway
F: Walter Pitchford
F: Leslee Smith

Oklahoma basketball lost its only Class of 2014 commit Monday afternoon when three-star power forward Jacob Hammond (Bel Aire, Kan./Sunrise Christian) said he has decommitted from the program.

Hammond, who is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, had been pledged to the Sooners since August and has been pursued by Lon Kruger and rest of the OU coaches since before his sophomore season.

Now other schools from across the country are starting to enter the mix, and Hammond said he wants to make sure he is making the right decision.

“I still like OU, but as of recently, I have had a lot of interest from schools in the Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and schools on the West Coast so I want to make sure that I am making the right choices,” Hammond said in a text message.

Hammond maintained a solid relationship with the OU coaches this last season despite transferring from playing in nearby Oklahoma City to Sunrise Christian, just outside of Wichita, Kan.

Sooners add two commitments 

August, 23, 2012
Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger landed two verbal commitments on Thursday, according to ESPN's SoonerNation.

Joining the Sooners' 2013 class is four-star point guard Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial) who chose OU over Iowa, Kansas State, Memphis, San Francisco and Stanford. He is currently ranked as the No. 26 point guard on ESPN's RecruitingNation.

"I just felt like it was time," he said. "No school and no coach had shown as much interest in me the OU has. The Sooners have been talking to me since my sophomore year."

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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, 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.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comJordan Woodard is the Sooners' first commit for the Class of 2013.
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.

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