With more than one month until practice can start, Oklahoma is getting nothing but bad news. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that junior college transfer Edson Avila would not be eligible to enroll at Oklahoma this season.
And on Wednesday night, the school announced via its Twitter account that starting guard Je'lon Hornbeak had foot surgery and could miss up to two months.
Hornbeak, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Texas, started 29 games last season, averaging 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. He is slated to once again start on the perimeter for the Sooners. The latter part of his timetable would slot his return a couple of weeks before the season, so Hornbeak should be healthy for the season opener against Alabama on Nov. 8.
The big question for head coach Lon Kruger's group this season is the frontcourt. Amath M'Baye and Romero Osby, who combined to start 63 games and average 26.1 points and 12.2 rebounds, are both gone. Backup forward Andrew Fitzgerald was a senior. With Avila not eligible, much of the post play will fall to junior college Keshaun Hamilton, the only player on the roster taller than 6-foot-8. However, Hamilton couldn't make the trip to Europe with the rest of the team in order to stay back and finish summer school work.
Part-time starters Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins are back on the perimeter, along with Hornbeak and 6-foot-7 wing Cameron Clark. Incoming freshman Jordan Woodard should also make an impact in the backcourt.