John Helsley: Oklahoma State basketball team will embrace 'Lob Stilly' fun, offense versality this year

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer John Helsley took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a look at today's Q&A.
by John Helsley Modified: November 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer John Helsley took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the entire chat recap here. Watch a replay of our live Football Friday Hangout above.

Will OSU basketball be more than Lob Stilly this year? Do you think they can actually win some games?

While they are embracing the Lob Stilly fun, the offense should be much more versatile. Marcus Smart brings a new element to the PG position. He can penetrate and pass, which should help all those around him. Phil Forte looks like a deep threat along the lines of Keiton Page, without the need to shoulder the load. They'll keep dunking, but they should be much more balanced. And, yes, they should be good enough to win more games. I've got them in the NCAA Tournament.

Do you think it's possible DeForest gets tossed at the end of the year and he ends up back in Stillwater? Did they fill his position?

I really don't see him losing his job. He inherited a defense ill-fitted for the Big 12. Very little speed on that side of the ball. Worked in the Big East, although they were hardly dominant then. DeForest has a three-year contract. And he's a good coach. Unless Holgorsen gets some sort of outside pressure, Joe is back in Morgantown.

Is Randle going to stick around for his senior year or do you think he'll leave?

Excellent question that will probably come down to how much fun Randle is having at this level. He's not going to go in the top half of the first round, if in the first round at all. Running backs overall aren't going as high in the draft as they once did. The NFL game has turned so heavily to the pass game and defending the pass game. So there will be reasons to return to OSU. And the Cowboys should be very good next year.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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