Oklahoma lost its brightest star Cade Davis to graduation, while coaching turmoil led to a very weak recruiting class. Combine those factors with the fact that the Oklahoma Sooners went 14-18 last year, and there's plenty of evidence to worry about Oklahoma's prospects this season. Who will replace Davis' production?
The most likely answer is Junior Andrew Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was one of two Sooners to start all 32 games last season and he used nearly a quarter of the available possessions. He was a consensus top 100 recruit out of high school and so far has lived up to expectations.
Last season, Fitzgerald shot over 48% from the field, averaged over 12 points a game and grabbed a team-leading five boards a game. This year, he'll need to increase his production significantly, while remaining efficient. Specifically, Fitzgerald will need to attack the glass if the Sooners have any hopes for offensive relevance.
The biggest key for Fitzgerald and the Sooners this season will be consistency. Last year Fitzgerald scored below double figures ten times, seven of which came in conference play. He showcases the potential to be a consistent double-double threat and average upwards of 18 points a game. With Oklahoma's depleted roster, new coach Lon Kruger certainly will need that kind of production.