Oklahoma frosh Willis gets out of hospital after stabbing

Updated: September 3, 2008, 7:35 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Oklahoma freshman guard Ray Willis was released from a Norman, Okla., hospital Wednesday after sustaining multiple knife wounds in a Sunday morning altercation, Sooners coach Jeff Capel told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

Willis and football defensive end Frank Alexander were stabbed at a nightclub brawl. Alexander was treated and released from Norman Regional Hospital on Sunday.

"Doctors expect him to make a full recovery," Capel said of Willis. "He's really, really lucky."

Capel said Willis sustained multiple wounds, including a side puncture that caused muscle damage and a partially collapsed lung. He said Willis also had a cracked rib.

Capel said that the coaching staff only knows what it was told by the police, that Willis and Alexander were victims in the stabbing. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione echoed that thought and told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the two players were victims in this incident and not instigators.

According to an Associated Press report, the fight began at 2:30 a.m. after a significant number of people tried to crash a private party at a club. According to the report the intruders then allegedly attacked invited guests once they were denied entry. The report said that knives, guns and tire irons were used during the fight.

Capel said he isn't adding any kind of curfew to the team rules.

"They didn't do anything wrong -- all college students go out, they just have to be careful when they go out," Capel said.

Capel said he still expects Willis to make a contribution to the Sooners this season. Willis should be ready to go when practice starts on Oct. 17. He said Willis is a crafty scorer who also is expected to be a defensive stopper.

"He was playing really well for us in workouts and we were expecting him to be one of our more talented offensive perimeter players," Capel said. "He's really talented and is confident in his ability to put the ball in the basket."

Oklahoma is expected to challenge for the Big 12 title with potential conference player of the year and possible 2009 No. 1 NBA draft pick sophomore forward Blake Griffin.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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