When taking the step to Edmond Memorial High to OU for freshman forward Kristian Doolittle it’s no stretch to say pride is involved when playing for the local university.
If there is such a thing as a layup in life it’s location.
“Being close to home was definitely a huge factor in choosing OU, so my parents and my family could come watch me play,” said Doolittle. “They stop in whenever, and the food they bring is clutch.”
Doolittle doesn’t have to look far for friendship or guidance.
Sooner senior Jordan Woodard is there to lean on in what could be a special season for these two Bulldog grads.
“He’s like a older brother to me in a way,” said Doolittle. “It’s cool having someone else from Oklahoma, and we have a special bond.”
“It’s fun to have that familiar face out there, but I feel like it’s just a smooth transition,” said Woodard. “We both play hard, and you know we want to win. We have an opportunity to do something special here, and him coming in here after we won a state championship. We’re trying to get another ring in college.”
College is a time of transition, and a place for learning for just about everybody that goes through with it.
In the case of Doolittle he learned the hard way about time management, and making the Lloyd Noble Center weight room his second home over the summer.
Since making the trip down I-35 in Edmond to Norman he’s gained over twenty pounds of muscle.
“When we had lifts at seven in the morning that was tough,” said Doolittle. “I had to sleep in the locker room just so I’d know I wouldn’t be late. Because if you’re late you have to run, and I don’t like running. I was late once, and was never late again.”
While the weights have helped with the ups and downs campus life is another subject.
“I have to walk to class,” Doolittle said. “That’s tough. Especially when you have to wake up early in the morning. Other than that it’s been a blast. I’m having a great time here, and I’m glad I came here."