This year’s Oklahoma State men’s Basketball team looks the same, yet very different in 2011. New players, such as Markel Brown, J.P. Olukemi, and Darrell Williams, have stepped in to make their new presence felt. Oklahoma State still has a somewhat veteran tem with Keiton Page, Marshall Moses and Matt Pilgrim starting. The Cowboys have started their season 13-4, 1-2 Big 12. The overall record and a victory over then No. 17 K-State have many fans believing in the Cowboys. It is still too early to tell what this team will do by season’s end.
Early this season Oklahoma State did not play the toughest of schedules, although they have beat teams with good athletic programs like Alabama, Stanford, K-state and Tulsa. Their losses have come to a previously ranked Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, No. 13 Texas A & M and a very surprising Colorado team (by 2 pts.). 13-4 overall is beyond what most critics had picked the cowboys to be at this point in the season. However, this team is young. Yes there are three players that have played together for two full seasons, but that was with James Anderson, a first round pick by the Spurs.
Page, Moses and Pilgrim must find a way to come together and play with the young talent Travis Ford has brought in. J.P. Olukemi is a transfer sophomore from California and has by far been the most productive new comer. Against K-State the first year cowboy had 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Markel Brown was named the high school player of the year in Louisiana last year. Earlier this year he was playing just a few minutes with a cautious attitude. Since Coach Ford had given Brown more minutes in the past 8 games he has excelled and is a star in the making for the Cowboys. Darrell Williams is a Juco. transfer that came in from last year’s Junior College Championship Team. Williams has proven to be a key backup to Moses and Pilgrim, a monster when it comes to rebounding.
It will take time to see where these veteran yet young, if that is possible, will end up, N.I.T. or NCAA Tournament? It will take the veteran players to play like they have been there before, which they have the last two years, for the younger guys to gain more confidence thus getting more production on the hardwood. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have the talent to get to the NCAA tourney and make a statement. For the Cowboy’s to get to the big tournament the veterans will need to step up along with the new comers playing and gaining experience.
About the Author
Written by Chris Mirkin
I am a 26 year old that graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007. I will be covering the OSU Cowboys men's basketball team. As an OSU fan, I have had both ups and downs while watching one of the top 20 basketball programs in the country. I currently live in Tulsa, OK. and frequently attend all three Thunder/OU/OSU athletic events as much as possible. If you would like to talk or have any questions concerning any three of the OK bball teams feel free to email me.