Oklahoma basketball projected starting five after Jalon Moore withdraws from the NBA Draft

Porter Moser will be on the hot seat in 2024 and if Oklahoma can't get back to the NCAA Tournament, then it could be his last season in Norman. On Wednesday, Moser got good news when Jalon Moore announced he was returning to school.
Oklahoma Sooners forward Jalon Moore (14)
Oklahoma Sooners forward Jalon Moore (14) / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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. Sam Godwin. 6'10" 235 lbs. C. Sam Godwin. . player. Senior+. Sam Godwin. 464

In his second year with Oklahoma and fourth season of college basketball, Godwin’s minutes increased, but his efficiency fell. He averaged just under 20 minutes a game, started all 31 for the Sooners, scored 6.7 points, and grabbed 5.2 boards, but shot a career-low 59.5% from the field. 

Godwin is a traditional big, not attempting a single three-pointer across his two seasons in Norman and serving as a defensive anchor. When Moser’s Loyola Chicago teams were at their best, they were built around playmaking big Cameron Krutwig. Godwin doesn’t come close to replicating Krutwig’s unique skillset and until Moser finds an oversized decision-maker to serve as the fulcrum of his offense, he’ll continue to fall short of the NCAA Tournament. 

The bizarre thing about Moser’s recent transfer portal activity is that he doesn’t seem to be prioritizing that type of player, one who can unlock his motion offense.

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