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How Romero Osby gives Oklahoma basketball hope for the future

By MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: February 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm •  Published: February 11, 2011

Could Romero Osby be Oklahoma basketball's star-in-waiting?

He's been called the Sooners' most talented player. Cade Davis compares him to James Anderson. Yes, that James Anderson.

"I'm not saying he's James Anderson. But he's that type of player," Davis said. “He's built a little bigger. He can post up with his size and how broad he is up top. But he can also step out and shoot 3's from deep. He'll have some mismatches on the wing."

None of that potential does Oklahoma any good Saturday at Missouri. Osby, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound transfer from Mississippi State, is sitting out this season and won't even be in Columbia.

He is, however, in Oklahoma's plans for next season. And if Osby is even close to being as productive as Anderson, the former Oklahoma State star who was 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, the Sooners should be much improved next season.

"Ro can do a lot of things,” said guard Steven Pledger. “Ro is a driver. He can shoot. He has post moves. Practices are his game day. He goes hard at us all the time.”

Osby averaged only 4.3 points his two seasons at Mississippi State. Part of the low production was he came off the bench. He averaged only 13 minutes a game with the Bulldogs.

"When you don't get as much playing time you're not as confident," Osby said. "Confidence is a big key. But sitting out has helped me work on my game. I'm confident I can help this team. I just try to be dominant in whatever I'm doing."

Osby said OU was one of the programs he considered coming out of North Lauderdale (Miss.) High School. The two-time All-Stater averaged 22.4 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.7 blocks his senior year. That season he posted a double-double in all but one game and recorded one triple double (21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks) in the Division 5-4A championship game.

"I almost came here," Osby said. "It was fun to get that chance to reunite with coach (Jeff) Capel. It's a great program. A lot of great players have come through here. I want to be one of them."

OU-Missouri matchup

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No. 19 Missouri

When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mizzou Arena

Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7

TV: KOCB-34 (Cox 11)


Series: OU leads 112-94

Three things to know:

*Missouri leads the Big 12 in steals (8.8) and turnover margin (+3.7).

*The Sooners are 1-9 away from Lloyd Noble Center.

*The Tigers are 14-0 at home.


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