Triple Option: Hammond is one to watch

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. If you’re looking for the best in-state post presence for the 2014 class, your search is over pretty quickly. Entering his sophomore season, it looked like power forward Jacob Hammond (Duncan, Okla./Oklahoma Sky) would be the guy. Those questions are gone. Hammond, who is now 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is making a leap to another level. He has improved his outside shot and is intelligent when making his moves in the post. OU was the first school to show interest in him. Others are noticing now, but the early work has put the Sooners in great position.

2. Tough break for former OU sprinter Mookie Salaam, who had to pull out of the U.S. Olympic trials with a hamstring injury. Salaam came out of nowhere his senior season at Edmond (Okla.) North and earned a track scholarship to OU. He won the 2011 NCAA national championship in the 200-meter dash. He decided to turn professional and focused all his attention on the Olympics. But he was never healthy in trying to earn that berth. He holds the OU records in the 100 and 200.

3. Staying with the Olympic theme, this could be a big weekend for OU’s men’s gymnastics program. Former Sooner great Jonathan Horton will be trying to qualify for his second Olympics, while former Sooners Steven Legendre and Jake Dalton should also be in contention for making the squad. The gymnastics trials are this weekend in San Jose, Calif. All three were on the bronze medal squad for the 2011 World Championships.

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