NORMAN — When the Oklahoma men kicks off their season, they will be without one of their key contributors from last season.
Kristian Doolittle, a sophomore from Edmond Memorial High School, has been suspended from the university for the fall semester due to academic reasons, OU announced Wednesday.
Doolittle averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season, but he averaged the fewest minutes on the team, 10.3, over its recent trip international trip to New Zealand and Australia this month.
“I didn’t meet the academic standards and I apologize to my teammates, coaches, fans and the university,” Doolittle said via a university press release. “I take full responsibility for my actions and will use this time away from the team to learn from my mistakes.
"I am committed to bettering myself throughout this process and look forward to earning a chance to compete with my teammates after the fall semester.”
Even if he rejoins the team following the semester, Doolittle will miss most of the non-conference schedule, including a potential matchup with defending champion North Carolina in the PK80 Invitational beginning Nov. 23 in Portland, Oregon, and a meeting between the Sooners and Southern Cal, which made the Sweet 16 last season, on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles.
The season opener arrives Nov. 12 against Nebraska-Omaha at Lloyd Noble Center.
The final day of the OU fall semester is Dec. 15. The Sooners face Wichita State the following day, Dec. 16, in Wichita.
The Sooners conference schedule has yet to be released, but last season's conference opener was Jan. 3 against TCU.
“We’re disappointed for Kristian,” Coach Lon Kruger said. “He made some poor decisions that resulted in his suspension from the university. We will provide support and encouragement as he works to earn the opportunity to rejoin the team at the conclusion of the fall semester.”