The Oklahoma Sooners’ men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the first Jumpman Invitational, set for Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 20-21.
The Invitational features four teams that have signed partnership deals with the Jordan Brand (hence, the ‘Jumpman’ name) in football and basketball. Along with Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina will also participate.
All games will be played in Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, which is the home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
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According to Danny Morrison, the executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, it was Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione that suggested that the schools that feature the ‘Jumpman’ brand get together for a tournament.
The schedule will feature two games each night, with matchups and game times still to be determined.
The scheduled invitational leaves open the possibility of the Sooners facing North Carolina, which would pit OU against a former player — Brady Manek, who transferred to UNC after last season.
The Sooners are coming off a 16-11 season in which they reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After the season, head coach Lon Kruger retired, and the Sooners hired former Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser to take over the program. After the season, several players transferred or declared for the NBA Draft, including the Sooners’ top three scorers. Moser has been active in the transfer market and on the recruiting trail. He managed to bring Eastern Washington transfers Tanner and Jacob Groves to Norman, along with Duke guard Jordan Goldwire.
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