Posted On: 11/7/17 6:37 PM
The Prep Hoops Oklahoma team made it down to Wichita Falls, Texas this weekend to cover the Elite 14 Showcase. Many of the states top teams were featured and faced off against great teams from Texas and other surrounding states. This report will breakdown Norman performance at the Elite 14.
–Jacob Ogle stretches the floor with his length and shooting ability
–Shane Didiuk showed a lot of positive signs as a player that can step up and take on a large scoring role on the Wing
-Playing two Point Guards Bryce Mooreland and Jakaree Holmes puts a lot of creators on the floor
-Too many turnovers (Especially in transition)
-When the chips got down they hung their heads at times
-Unexperienced in moments
-Didn’t always respond well to tough moments
What to keep an eye on moving forward?
Norman has not been very successful in recent years. In his first year as head coach Rodney Dindy did a great job changing the culture at Norman. The question surrounding Norman entering this year is can they continue to move forward and take the next step? Coach Dindy has a talented team with a good senior group. A key addition to Norman is Jakaree Holmes at the Point Guard spot. Holmes and Bryce Mooreland will play a big role in leading the attack for the Tigers. Both Holmes and Mooreland are two players that have won state titles at their previous school.
Norman hopes to make the next step to compete for a Class 6A state tournament spot this season. Players who have not been in very many big games will have to grow up quick. Holmes and Mooreland’s experience and knowledge of what it takes to win a state title will help this group. They have some things to improve, but one thing is certain this isn’t 3 win Norman anymore.
Head Coach Rodney Dindy
What were your overall thoughts on how the Elite 14 went?
“We handle pressure pretty good, shot the ball well. I thought we defended just okay at times. We did not make good decisions in transition. Did not rebound well as a team. Our screening was not good. We didn’t fill our transition lanes well on offense. We need to improve on these things. I thought we played just okay for our first scrimmage also considering we have not had our kids in football. We got better from last weekend. We like our team.”