Oklahoma has been toying with disaster on the NCAA tournament bubble, and it appears that things just got much tougher for the Sooners.
Starting guard Elijah Harkless announced on Friday afternoon that his 2021-22 season has come to a surprising end because of a “recent injury.”
Harkless averaged 29 minutes per game for the Sooners this season, putting up 10 ppg over 26 games played. His loss will certainly hurt OU’s chances of being on the right side of the bubble come March.
Josh Callaway, who provides Sooners’ coverage for Sports Illustrated, provides Harkless’ message on Twitter.
“Due to a recent injury, my 2021-22 season is coming to an end much earlier than I want,” Harkless writes. “I will be with my OU family every step of the way and help them continue to progress and close this season strong.
“I can’t wait to be back next year and shock the world.”
Details concerning the injury have not been released but it was obviously substantial enough to end Harkless’ year.
“First and foremost we are all hurting for Elijah,” head coach Porter Moser said in a statement. “He is such a competitor and his spirit is such an integral part of our team. It is hard for any athlete to have their season to come to an abrupt end. We will be praying for a speedy recovery.”
We will see how Moser adjusts his lineup when the Sooners travel to Iowa State on Sunday afternoon.