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Hoops News On A Football Saturday

by John Helsley and Anthony Slater Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012
Travis Ford and his staff are working at bringing more top talent to Stillwater.
Travis Ford and his staff are working at bringing more top talent to Stillwater.

And now, for something completely different.

Used to love that line from the old Monty Python shows. It was a not-so-subtle way of transitioning from one skit to another.

And on this football Saturday, with so much anticipation following the best season in school history and attached to the debut of Wes Lunt and the 2012 Cowboys, we take a break – albeit brief – for a bit of basketball.

Things appear to be looking up for Travis Ford’s Cowboys.

And after the season – and offseason – that was, that’s a welcome new buzz for the program.

Early indications are that Marcus Smart is indeed the real deal, a player who can provide the kind of leadership and toughness recent teams have sorely lacked, elevating everyone around him in the process. Not only that, but Kamari Murphy has emerged as an under-the-radar recruit who should help the Cowboys in a big way as well.

And out on the recruiting trail, Ford and his staff are making noise, making a play for some of the nation’s top talent.

They’ve made the cut with five-star power forward Julius Randle, rated No. 1 at his position out of Plano, Texas. This week, they made the final five cut of Arlington, Texas, standout Jordan Mickey, ranked No. 10 at power forward and a four-star prospect.

They’ve long been in deep with former Douglass four-star guard Stevie Clark and covet him for Ford’s system.

And it doesn’t end there. The Cowboys are mentioned with many more elite prospects:

PF Jarell Martin of Baton Rouge, La., (five-star) with assistant Butch Pierre surely laying the groundwork there

C Karviar Shepherd of Arlington, Texas (four-star), a teammate of Mickey at Grace Prep Academy.

And there are more.

Ford and his staff continue to elevate the program in the eyes of recruits, adding McDonald’s All-Americans each of the last two years in Smart and Le’Bryan Nash. And those guys are serving as added attractions for more top-rated recruits.

Stay tuned.

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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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