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April 15, 2014
Hornbeak's OU hoops career comes to an early end
Hornbeak's mother, Sheila Hornbeak, supports his decision to transfer.
"He told me personally he wasn't happy," she told SoonerScoop.com. "Nothing against the [coaching] staff, he just wasn't happy."
Lon Kruger received the news from Hornbeak early Tuesday morning -- one day before the late signing period begins.
The loss of Hornbeak means the Sooners have just two players on the roster who have played the point guard position at OU. Kruger said though it is very late in the recruiting season OU will be in the market for a player to replace Hornbeak.
"It is always disappointing when a player leaves a program," said Kruger in a press release, "but we all wish the very best for Je'lon."
Hornbeak was a serviceable combo guard for the Sooners, coming off the bench to spell freshman Jordan Woodard at the point guard position and dropping a bucket every now and again as wing player.
As a Sooner, he averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He was also a part of the group that returned the Sooners to the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years one year ago.
"I met with Coach [Lon] Kruger and he was understanding of my desire for a fresh start," Hornbeak said. "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."