The Oklahoma Sooners advanced all the way to their first Final Four appearance since 2002 earlier this year and they are looking to repeat that success during the 2016-17 season. However, they have just lost a player that might have been a big part of their offense this year in center Akolda Manyang.
The center was reportedly arrested on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a cab driver and stealing his keys. Manyang was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and on Thursday, he was dismissed from the Sooners’ program.
During the 2015-16 season, Akolda Manyang played a minimal role for Oklahoma, only averaging 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds for the team. He played in one game during their run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but left the team after his brother’s suicide.
He was expected to play a much bigger role for the Sooners this year after the departure of forward Ryan Spangler.
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