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  • OSU basketball journal: Cowboys falter on defense in loss to K-State

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Kansas State shot 57.7 percent from the floor, better than any Cowboys opponent this season, and finished with 38 points in the paint on a variety of layups, point-blank shots and tip-ins.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys struggle in key areas in loss to Kansas State

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com

  • OSU basketball: Jawun Evans' emergence may just be getting started

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The true freshman from Dallas continues to transform the Cowboys, growing on the go and thriving in an enhanced role that is accentuating his talents while also all those around him to look and play better.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OSU writer John Helsley to talk Cowboys football and basketball at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • OSU baksetball journal: Players meeting sparks effort, win

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Stuck in a four-game losing streak with No. 3 Kansas due to visit Gallagher-Iba Arena, the Cowboys needed a renewed focus. And they may have found it in a players-only meeting Monday. “We had shoot-around and film and stuff and then went back to the room and all of us just got together and...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys stun No. 3 Kansas 86-67

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    STILLWATER — Bill Self bemoaned the play of his guards, who were average Tuesday night, a key factor in another Kansas loss to the Cowboys. Then the conversation shifted to Oklahoma State freshman Jawun Evans. And Self lit up. “I think he’s great,” Self said. “I think you can...

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Kansas

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Can the Cowboys upset the Jayhawks for a third straight year in Stillwater? Follow live updates on tonight's game from OSU writer John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • Big 12 basketball journal: Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

    By Kyle Fredrickson & John Helsley, Staff Writers, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com & jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    On the strength of his 42-point outing against Oklahoma — the third-best scoring game in Oklahoma State history and the best ever by a freshman — Evans was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys looking to 'storm' Jayhawks, again

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    No team has solved the Jayhawks recently like the Cowboys, with OSU the only squad to beat Kansas each of the past three seasons. At Gallagher-Iba, the Cowboys have won two straight over KU and four of the last six.



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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 deep-rooted at an early age.

Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.

John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.


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