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OU Basketball: Porter Moser’s To-Do List with the Sooners

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Oklahoma introduced new men’s basketball coach Porter Moser on Tuesday, signaling the start of a new era of Sooners basketball.

Now, the work begins, for the former Loyola-Chicago head coach. What are the three things Moser has to do right away?

Can He Lure Sooners Back?

Moser needs to reach out to any players that he thinks he can lure back to the fold for next season. Specifically, we’re talking about guard De’Vion Harmon and forward Brady Manek.

Harmon declared for the NBA Draft the day after head coach Lon Kruger retired. It’s not clear if he has hired an agent yet, which would be a clear indication that he plans to stay in the draft. So, the door is open for Harmon to return.

Manek, meanwhile, submitted his name to the transfer portal last week. Again, that doesn’t mean he can’t come back. He could remove his name from the transfer portal and return. Right now, he could just be exploring his options. That’s exactly how Manek put it on Twitter.

If Moser could manage to get both of them to return, that could bring more than 20 points per game next season.

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Get Back to His Roots

Moser should use his Chicago-area recruiting ties to help get the Sooners some talent, immediately. I’m not saying that Moser needs to go pluck players off of his former roster at Loyola-Chicago. But, he has a decade recruiting players in one of the most fertile recruiting grounds of high school basketball, the Chicagoland area. Remember a few years ago when former Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm invaded the Chicagoland area and signed three players for one his recruiting classes? Those recruits helped him and the Cyclones win a 2019 Big 12 Tournament championship.

When you take a new job, you tend to lean on what you know, especially when you make an out-of-state change. Fortunately for the Sooners he knows Chicago recruiting well. He needs to use those ties.

 

Time to Get to Know The Sooners Faithful

Kruger said something interesting in his farewell press conference, saying that “He knew Oklahoma had a good brand before he took the job, but he had no idea the Sooners had such a great brand” until he took the job. Moser has been draping himself and crimson and cream for the past few days, and Oklahoma’s social media team has been following him every step of the way. Now it’s time for him to reach out to fans, alumni, boosters, and the like, and get them sold on his plan. It probably won’t yield immediate success, and he’ll need to build that goodwill for the future.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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