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Cowboys prep for season without Brian Williams

Associated Press Published: October 22, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State is looking at a season without power forward Brian Williams.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward injured his left wrist on a dunk during practice and will have surgery to repair the injured wrist on Wednesday. After that, he'll begin rehab, but he's expected to miss the entire season for the Cowboys, who start the season Nov. 11 in an exhibition game with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Williams said. "I talked with the doctors and they said they will know more after surgery. They are putting pins in my wrist. I have no clue when I will be back."

"When we get everybody healthy it will be the deepest team we've had," Cowboys coach Travis Ford said. "''We lost our best defender. Everyone else is going to have to step up. Who that will be, we'll have to wait and see. He's probably our highest energy guy, who never got tired. And a guy who I didn't hardly run any plays for but he figured out how to score 12 points a game in conference."

Ford said Williams will continue to have an impact despite remaining on the bench.

"He's Coach Williams at this point," said the OSU coach. "He's going to have a role on this basketball team, no question about it. I didn't name him a captain of this basketball team just trying to be nice to him. He earned it. He has a great amount of respect from his teammates.

Ford has already decided on one way he'll change his rotation to accommodate the loss of Williams.

"I wasn't planning on playing Le' Bryan Nash a whole lot at the four-spot. He was going to play the two or three spot. Now he will play a little bit of four. We'll probably play a more conventional lineup with two true centers with Micael Cobbins, Marek Sou'cek, Philip Jurick and Kamari Murphy."

Nash was last season's Big 12 freshman of the year. This year's preseason choice is guard Marcus Smart.

"He's unconventional, he's big, strong, physical," Ford said, "maybe the most physical guy on the team. Our fours and fives are just versatile, quick. Our physicality comes from our ones, twos and threes. We should be long and athletic. Hopefully that causes some havoc defensively."