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Oklahoma State basketball: Five things to watch for the 2013-14 season

Unfinished business. That's the focus and the fuel for Oklahoma State, after the Cowboys were ushered out of last season's NCAA Tournament in an upset loss to Oregon in their opener.
by John Helsley Published: September 26, 2013
/articleid/3887016/1/pictures/2222584">Photo - REACTION: Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) and Markel Brown (22) react after the 68-67 double overtime loss to Kansas during the college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
REACTION: Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart (33) and Markel Brown (22) react after the 68-67 double overtime loss to Kansas during the college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

3. Catch him while you can

Yeah, we're talking about Smart, who already ranks as one of OSU's all-time greats after just one season. Sources say that Orlando was ready to nab him with the No. 2 pick in last summer's NBA Draft, if he hadn't returned to Stillwater. Smart considers himself better, hungrier and ready to prove his decision was the right one. It should be fun.

4. Room for rookies?

The Cowboys have leaned on freshmen in recent seasons, with new blood needed to upgrade the on-court product. With so much returning talent, it could be difficult for any of the newcomers to make an impact. Still, don't count out Stevie Clark, the Douglass star who can spell Smart at the point or provide an outside scoring presence.

5. Williams wild card

Williams returned late last season after breaking his wrist in an ugly preseason accident, yet never fully looked comfortable on the floor. Healthy again, Williams — who projected as a starter a year ago — is a significant wild card, as a defensive stopper and a capable scorer.

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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