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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys' future hinges on underclassmen's decisions

OSU's current situation is unique, with Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash all considering their professional options. And their decisions figure to heavily impact the Cowboys' outlook for 2013-14.
by John Helsley Published: March 24, 2013

Brown put the top 15 of the draft as his target for leaving. And currently, he's outside of that range, although his stock has been on the rise.

Smart's status carries the most weight. The Big 12 Player of the Year as a freshman, Smart is a game-changer of the highest regard, delivering production and intangibles. Most players in his position wouldn't hesitate in declaring for the NBA.

But Smart is different in so many ways. And his decision may turn out different, too.

“There's a lot of variables that will play a role in that decision,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “There's a lot of variables with him.”

Beyond the Big Three, the Cowboys return bankable pieces in Michael Cobbins, Brian Williams and Phil Forte, as well as Kamari Murphy, Kirby Gardner and Marek Soucek. Jéan-Paul Olukemi's status remains up in the air.

And help is on the way, with elite recruits and scoring guards in Stevie Clark, Detrick Mostella and Jeffrey Carroll, a center in junior college transfer Gary Gaskins and athletic forward Leyton Hammonds.

“I feel like we're going to have a better year next year,” Nash said. “We'll have experienced guys and we'll have freshmen we need to show the ropes. This goes out to all Oklahoma State fans — we're going to have a better year next year. Be excited for next year.”

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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