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Oklahoma sophomore Doolittle to miss first semester

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Oklahoma’s non-conference schedule just got a little more challenging.

Sooner sophomore Kristian Doolittle has been suspended for the first semester of this upcoming season due to academic reasons, the school announced Wednesday.

“I didn’t meet the academic standards and I apologize to my teammates, coaches, fans and the university,” Doolittle said in a statement released by the school. “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.”

The 6-foot-7 forward should be back in time for Oklahoma’s most important part of the season – Big 12 play – but the Sooners have a rather challenging non-conference slate for which he’ll be sidelined. Oklahoma is in the loaded field of the PK80 tournament in Oregon with Arkansas its first-round opponent and then North Carolina potentially waiting in the second round. The Sooners also play USC in Los Angeles and at Wichita State before welcoming Northwestern into Norman.

“We’re disappointed for Kristian,” OU coach Lon Kruger said in a 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 averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season, starting 25 games in Oklahoma’s 20-13 campaign.

Oklahoma adds second player in 2016 class

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Oklahoma struck again in the 2016 class on Tuesday afternoon as the Sooners added in-state three-star wing Kristian Doolittle. Doolittle’s verbal commitment was first reported by Scout.com‘s Evan Daniels.

The 6-foot-6 Doolittle hails from Edmond, Oklahoma and attends Memorial High School. The three-star wing, according to Rivals, played in the Nike EYBL this past spring and summer with Athlete’s First, averaging 8.6 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game in 20 contests. The encouraging thing about Doolittle is that his per-game averages increased after a productive outing at Peach Jam.

One thing Doolittle will have to improve is his perimeter jumper, as he only shot 14 percent from three-point territory in those 20 EYBL games.

The commitment of Doolittle gives Oklahoma a great start in the 2016 class as he joins guard Payton Pritchard, a four-star prospect from Oregon who committed a few weeks ago.

Oklahoma also has commitments in the 2015 class from guards Christian James and Rashard Odomes, as well as center Akolda Manyang.