Oklahoma Suspends Kristian Doolittle for Fall Semester

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University of Oklahoma sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester, the school announced Wednesday.

“I didn’t meet the academic standards and I apologize to my teammates, coaches, fans, and the university,” said Doolittle in a statement released by the university. “I take full responsibility for my actions and will use this time away from the team to learn from my mistakes. I am committed to bettering myself throughout this process and look forward to earning a chance to compete with my teammates after the fall semester.”

As a true freshman, Doolittle averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.5 percent from the three point line. He was slated to start for the Sooners this season. He will miss at least nine games but is expected to return for the second semester, just in time for Big-12 play.

“We’re disappointed for Kristian,” said head coach Lon Kruger in the statement. “He made some poor decisions that resulted in his suspension from the university. We will provide support and encouragement as he works to earn the opportunity to rejoin the team at the conclusion of the fall semester.”

Doolittle was a key part to Oklahoma’s front line during the 2016-17 season, averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25 minutes per. The Sooners were guard heavy last season, with Doolittle out we should expect the same going into the first half of the 2017-18 campaign.

Incoming five-star freshman point guard Trae Young will join returning guards Kameron McGusty and Rashard Odomes to form a lethal one-two-three scoring punch in the backcourt. McGusty and Odomes combined for 21.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per.

During the Sooners four-game international trip, Young averaged 22.3 points while shooting 52% from the field and 40% from three to go with 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 21.8 minutes per.

Before the suspension, Oklahoma was ranked No. 8 in ESPN’s BPI rankings, released last month. The Sooners open the season on November 12 against Nebraska-Omaha.


D1Vision writer Chip Miller contributed to this post.

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