Sooner Hoops Family Gathers For OU Alumni Game

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The fifth annual OU alumni basketball game had one of the largest turnouts to date on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Darryl “Choo” Kennedy represented the Billy Tubbs’ glory days on the court scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds.

Johnnie Gilbert may have taken some back to the Kelvin Sampson era after hitting two buckets in his return to Norman.

While current Sooner Buddy Hield received plenty of attention from basically everyone.

Ex Sooners sharp-shooter Kelley Newton banked in one of his six three’s in the game, scoring 18 for Team Crimson.

As for young alums like Tyler Neal, he showed there was still some spring left in his legs, finishing with 11 points.

Cade Davis showed off moves that have kept alive a four year professional career overseas.

The Elk City native scored 14 for Team Crimson.

But not everything went down quite like it used to on the Lloyd Noble Center floor.

Regardless, pretty much all ages had some fun watching Team Crimson win 84-79.

“It was fun,” Davis said.  “It’s always great.  This is my second year to come back.  I hope I can make it every year to this.  This is a great event.  Coach Kruger and them they put on a great show for the fans, for the team here and the players past.  So, it’s a great event.”

“It’s fun, man,” Neal said.  “It’s fun seeing these guys that maybe shouldn’t be out here.  It’s fun seeing them get out here and try to have fun.  Realize how much it means to Coach Kruger for us to get back out here and kind of keep that link between the past and the current.  It’s fun seeing the current team, and really just try and keep in touch with them.  Coach Kruger gets it.  He gets how to build a program, and that’s shown over his whole career.  Obviously that shows on the court too.  He just understands what all goes into it and it’s an honor to be a part of it, for sure.”

While Sooner fans got to hear and watch players like Choo Kennedy or Cade Davis for the first time in years, it was a more sentimental moment for players like Johnnie Gilbert.

He said all the fond memories of his playing days came rushing back during his first trip back to the Lloyd Noble Center in a decade.

“This is big,” Gilbert said.  “This is my first time actually getting back in ten years, and I just loved it.  Especially to get to see a lot of guys I got to play with.  A lot of guys I grew up watching and idolizing.  It was just an awesome experience.

"It brings back a lot of memories just walking down the hall here, the locker room and things like that.  It just brought back a lot of memories.”

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