So far so good for the Sooners. Calixte not only facilitated the offense — already flashing a two-man game with center Jamuni McNeace — but he showed off a smooth 3-point stroke.
Calixte was a 39 percent 3-point shooter at Maine, and he was three of four from deep in his OU debut. He might not be as tall as his 5-foot-11 listing, but his ball handling was good enough to navigate an overmatched UT-Rio Grande Valley defense.
Calixte has a nifty hesitation step off the dribble that he uses to set up slower defenders.
The Sooners have an interesting dynamic at point guard with the smooth-playing Calixte and the wiry 6-foot-4 freshman Jamal Bieniemy backing him up.
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Lon Kruger’s substitution patterns mirrored an exhibition game early on. Kruger played 11 men by the 12-minute mark in the first half. The mass substitutions didn’t continue in the second half.
Oklahoma went with a starting lineup of Calixte, Christian James, Kristian Dootlittle, Brady Manek and McNeace. James had a team-high 36 minutes followed by Manek with 30.
Bieniemy, junior college transfer center Kur Kuath and senior guard Rashard Odomes were the first three men off the bench. Then came grad transfer guard Miles Reynolds, junior forward Matt Freeman and sophomore center Hannes Polla.
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