JALEN HILL GONE AT OU
Oklahoma Sooner Jalen Hill, a two-year starter for Oklahoma, is reportedly entering the transfer portal per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Coach Porter Moser has lost his 5th player for next season.
From Ryan Chapman, Fan Nation:
Last year, Hill averaged 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game.
Hill, the program’s longest-tenured player, was voted an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection this past season.
A defensive asset, Hill had his best performance of the year in Oklahoma’s 93-69 victory over No. 1 Alabama, where he scored a season-high 26 points and eight rebounds all while putting the clamps on Crimson Tide star Brandon Miller.
Hill is the fifth OU player to hit the transfer portal since the season ended, with Bijan Cortes, C.J. Noland, Benny Schroder and Joe Bamisile all opting to leave Norman this offseason.
From a post a few weeks ago I remarked: It is not working for Moser at OU. The same situation of losing, finishing ninth or tenth in the conference will continue. I do not see it changing. Moser is not recruiting the best players out of high school. And his portal pick ups are not much better. Getting a kid from Wofford is not cutting it. It just is not. Coach Moser’s new players, either recruited as freshmen or from the portal are not the of players to bring a NCAA tournament team to OU and you can forget about a upper division or conference title coming to the campus. Sure OU beat a really great Alabama team at home this year. That should be expected and not an anomaly. Just look at what the new Kansas State coach did in just one season. He had just two players on the roster last summer when he took over the Wildcats and in one season with “his” transfers and freshmen they are in the sweet sixteen this weekend.
A winning team in Norman can happen with the right coach and the right manner of getting the best players to play for OU. Right now, expect another bottom team for OU and with the continuing philosophy of Coach Moser, things are not changing. And this is not a knock of Mosers coaching ability. He is a very good coach, especially at a mid-major or lower. Loyola of Chicago was the perfect place for him. OU is not.
Photo Credits: Jalen Hill – 2022-23 – Men’s Basketball – University of Oklahoma (sidearmdmg.com)
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