Sooner basketball's Kristian Doolittle suspended for fall semester

Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle (11) grabs a rebound between Florida forward Justin Leon (23) and center Kevarrius Hayes (13) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

An OU basketball player has been suspended for the fall semester after failing to meet academic standards.

The university announced August 23 that sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended. In a statement, Doolittle apologized to teammates, coaches and fans.

β€œI take full responsibility for my actions and will use this time away from the team to learn from my mistakes," Doolittle said. "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."

Doolittle, an Edmond-native, started 25 games for the Sooners last season, averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds. He led the team in three point percentage. Coach Lon Kruger said he was disappointed for Doolittle.

β€œHe 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,” Kruger said.

The Sooners tip off the season in November.

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