Oklahoma’s De’Vion Harmon tests positive for COVID-19, will miss NCAA Tournament

Oklahoma guard De’Vion Harmon tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to play in the NCAA Tournament, coach Lon Kruger said Wednesday.

Losing Harmon, who averaged 12.9 points and shot 48 percent from the field this season, is a huge blow to the No. 8 seed Sooners’ chances of beating their first-round opponent, No. 9 seed Missouri, in the West regional.

“He’s feeling fine, no symptoms, nothing that would hurt him physically at this point,” Kruger said. “The team’s disappointed for him. Others have been through it, so they know how disappointing it is and they feel badly for him. He handled it like you’d expect, very disappointed to not be playing and to be there for his teammates.”

Kruger said no other players had to be placed into contact tracing protocols as a result of the positive test.

“Indianapolis and the hotels and the transportation folks have been unbelievably organized and outstanding in that way,” Kruger said. “No way we’ve been close for any contact tracing. That would be their objective, that if one guy tested positive it didn’t go through the whole team.”

The NCAA so far has reported seven COVID-19 positives, including players, coaches and event staffers, out of more than 6,900 tests so far this week.

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