Oklahoma signee Tony Crocker never saw it coming. With Kelvin Sampson's move to Indiana, Crocker, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing player from San Antonio, Texas, is in a wait and see mode as Oklahoma chooses a new coach.
"I didn't see it coming," said Crocker. "I still haven't talked to Coach Sampson. I thought he would at least tell us, but when I talked to Scottie (Reynolds) and Damion (James) a couple of days ago, they hadn't heard from him either.
"We are just hoping they hire a good coach. We are just waiting to see what happens, and then we'll talk to the new coach."
Crocker is willing to play for whomever Oklahoma hires as long as he is comfortable with and confident in the new coach. One coach that would certainly fit that bill is Oklahoma assistant Bob Hoffman, who recruited Crocker to Oklahoma and is a top candidate to replace Sampson.
"It would be good if Coach Hoffman got the job," said Crocker. "I would definitely still go there if he got the job.
"I just talked to him for about 20 minutes. He said he was going to try to get the job but that they hadn't decided on a coach yet."
Coach Hoffman is the only representative of Oklahoma that has been in contact with Crocker since the coaching vacancy.
Planning to go to summer school, Crocker fought injuries during his prep season this year at The Patterson School. He played a total of 10 games before a knee injury sidelined him for two months followed by a severely sprained ankle.