Oklahoma State basketball: Defense best defines Brian Williams — for now

Williams is filling a need and a role, suddenly looking an X Factor for the No. 15-ranked Cowboys as they head toward the postseason.
by John Helsley Published: March 3, 2013

And those are only the tangible stats, which don't tell the story of how he affects games with his defense.

“With him it's, ‘Go get this guy.' And he's going to almost sic em,” Ford said. “He gets after it.

Love his energy level.

“Still not near where he was last year, but slowly getting back. But he's looking good. And he's definitely helping us.”

For the Cowboys, it's the equivalent of an NBA deadline deal, much like acquiring an asset for the stretch run. OSU's established rotation has proved to be strong, with Smart, Nash and Markel Brown forming a sort of Big Three and Michael Cobbins emerging in the post. Then there's Philip Jurick and Phil Forte and Kirby Gardner.

And now Williams, too.

“I feel like I'm starting to get back a little bit, getting more comfortable out there,” Williams said.

And there's still room for more, much more if his estimation of being at “60, 70 percent” is true.

“I feel like the offense isn't going to be there every night, because of the wrist,” Williams said. “But I feel like I can help out defensively every night. Wherever coach puts me, I just try to make a point not to let them score their average or get close to their average.”

And what a valuable commodity for the Cowboys.

An X Factor.

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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