While seniors TaShawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler lead the way for No. 16 Oklahoma in the front court, 6-foot-9 freshman forward Khadeem Lattin is one of two interior players (D.J. Bennett being the other) who are called upon to give either of those two starters a break on occasion. In the Sooners’ 87-68 win at Tulsa Saturday, Lattin chipped in with five points and four rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
Unfortunately for Lattin, he also suffered a right knee injury in the second half of Saturday’s game. The good news is that he returned to the Oklahoma bench shortly thereafter, and according to Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman the injury isn’t thought to be a serious one.
But a few minutes after Lattin was helped to the locker room, he returned to the bench smiling and conversing freely with his teammates while he wore an ice pack.
“They’re checking his knee out a little bit further now but the trainer, Alex (Brown), said he could’ve gone back out there in the second half if we got to that position so that was encouraging news,” OU coach Lon Kruger said.
As a result of Lattin’s injury C.J. Cole played a season-high six minutes Saturday, as Spangler was saddled with foul trouble. What helped Oklahoma win by such a comfortable margin was the play of Thomas, who produced his best game in a Sooner uniform.
Thomas, whose season-high prior to Saturday was 14 points in a loss at Creighton, scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds in 34 minutes of action.