According to the OU basketball media guide, Jamuni McNeace is a 6’10”, 215-pound, redshirt freshman from Kankakee, Illinois. In the Sooners final tune-up before Memphis, McNeace finished the night with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in 17 minutes of action. Head Coach Lon Kruger says, “I thought Jamuni was really active, like he always is.” McNeace is drawing rave reviews from teammates and coaches. He’s also a vital part of a deep front court that gives Kruger options.
So far Khadeem Lattin has been the starter for the two exhibition games, though Kruger says “it will be an effort by committee and on different games, different guys will step up.” McNeace got his chance to run with the starters in the second half and was effective. Granted this was NAIA Mid-American Christian- still,for a guy who waited to get his chance, McNeace was up to the task. “I feel like I have so much energy now, I just feel like through my redshirt year I built up a whole lot of energy now I get to unleash it all.”
McNeace is going to be prepared for just about every matchup he faces this season; going against Ryan Spangler and the 6′-7″ 254-pound Dante Burford in practice will make anyone tough. McNeace says, ” Me, Khadeem, Dante and Spangler go at it every day.” “I feel like the competition makes us better.” The Sooners will need that tough front court if they are going to compete for a Big 12 title. Kansas, Iowa, West Virginia, Baylor and Texas all have size. Every year the Big 12 is physical and grueling, and this season Oklahoma is more ready for that task than at any time in the Lon Kruger era.