Sooners Guard Bijan Cortes ‘taking some time away from basketball’

Oklahoma Sooners guard Bijan Cortes announced via his Twitter account that he’ll be stepping away from basketball.

In the Tweet, Cortes said, “Due to personal reasons, I am taking some time away from basketball. I look forward to returning as soon as I can. Thank you for all your support.”

Cortes, a sophomore guard from Kingfisher, Okla. had become an important part of the Sooners’ rotation. He was sixth in minutes this season at 17.5 per game. He was averaging 3.2 points and two assists per game. On the season, he was shooting 44% from the field.

Coming out of high school, he was the No. 3 player in the state of Oklahoma, the No. 27 point guard, and the No. 186 player in the nation, according to 247Sports.

Bijan Cortes had two games this season with 10 points. One a win over Ole Miss, and the other a close loss to Iowa State. But perhaps his best performance came in the Sooners’ win over Kansas State, where he was 3 of 4 from the field, including 1 of 1 from thee, with an assist and two steals.

The Oklahoma Sooners host Texas Tech at 8 p.m. CT and will be doing so without their backup point guard.

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