Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/11/11

Calvin Newell: 6’1” 199 lb. Sophomore Guard- Last year Newell showed flashes of greatness, including a 15 point, six assist performance against Arkansas Dec. 1st and a career-high of 17 points against Sacramento State Dec. 21st.  However, due to the lack of depth last season he was forced to play out of position, becoming the back up point guard for Carl Blair.  Being more of a scorer than a distributor, Newell struggled often.  This season however, the burden has been lifted with the addition of JUCO PG Sam Grooms.  Now Newell can move over to play back up on the wings, his natural position, and do what he does best: put the ball in the basket.

Tyler Neal at practice this preseason.

Tyler Neal: 6’7” 224 lb. Sophomore Forward/Guard- Neal has the potential to be the sixth man for the Sooners off the bench this season, as his size and strength will allow him to play on the perimeter or even bang in the low post.  He possesses a nice stroke from three, he added more muscle this offseason, and his strength and athleticism will be key for him scoring and grabbing boards down low.  He could be a guy that could score 10-12 points and grab 4-5 boards any given night as a reserve for the Sooners.

Casey Arent: 6’10” 235 lb. Junior Center- One of the two JUCO recruits Kruger brought in this offseason, Arent will look to make a major difference for the Sooners in the post right from the start.  His size is an obvious improvement from last year, when OU’s tallest player stood just 6’8”.  He averaged a double-double in JUCO with 19.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest and also swatted 2.3 shots a game.  In two exhibition games so far he has grabbed 14 boards in just 18 minutes of action.  He should be a catalyst off the bench and a major contributor in the rebounding department for the Sooners this season.

C.J. Washington: 6’7” 228 lb. Senior Forward- In his first season as a Sooner last season Washington played a key role as a back up in the post, averaging 2.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.8 minutes a contest.  Expect his role to be much of the same this season, he will provide quality minutes off the bench.

Barry Honore: 6’7” 266 lb. Senior Forward- Honore was a reserve player for the Sooners last season averaging 1.2 points and 1 rebound in 5.7 minutes of action.  Look for his role to be much of the same this season.

Amath M’Baye: 6’9” 215 lb. Junior (Current RS) Forward- Transferring in fromWyoming, M’Baye will have to sit this season out due to NCAA transfer rules.  His role on this team will likely be to be a force and help his teammates improve in practice, where he has already received rave reviews as the Sooners best player.

T.J. Franklin: 5’11” 177 lb. Senior Guard- Entering his final season, the walk-on is the only remaining member from the Elite Eight team back in 2009.  He will likely use that experience and his experience as a team captain last season to be on of the main vocalists on the team.

Jarrod Kruger: 6’1” 170 lb. Sophomore (Current RS) Guard- Like M’Baye, Kruger will have to sit out this season after transferring in from Kansas State.  He is also the nephew of head coach Lon Kruger.                         

James Fraschilla: 5’10” 140 lb. Freshman Guard- The son of ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, the freshman walk-on will likely become a crowd favorite.  He should log the majority of his minutes near the end of blowouts.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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