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Je’lon Hornbeak transfers from Oklahoma after two seasons

Apr 15, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

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Oklahoma sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak will complete the second half of his collegiate career elsewhere, head coach Lon Kruger announced on Tuesday evening.

“I met with Coach Kruger and he was understanding of my desire for a fresh start,” Hornbeak said in a statement. “I appreciate (assistant) Coach [Lew] Hill recruiting me, and all my teammates. That bond is strong. All the coaches are trying to help me get to wherever I want to go. I’m thankful for that. Everyone has been good to me.”

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 18.7 minutes per game during the 2013-2014 season.

Hornbeak was a four-star commit in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals and committed to the Sooners over offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisville, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Texas and West Virginia.

He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining once he sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Oklahoma was 23-10 (12-6 Big 12) this past season, finishing second in the conference standings before being bounced early from the NCAA tournament by No. 12 seed North Dakota State. The Sooners will return four starters, including leading scorer Buddy Hield and top rebounder Ryan Spangler.