STILLWATER — Optimism surrounds the Oklahoma State basketball teams, with the men receiving a No. 3 spot in the preseason Big 12 coaches poll, a spot on the All-Big 12 team for Le'Bryan Nash and a nod to Marcus Smart as Freshman of the Year.
Fans get their first peek at the Cowboys Friday night, with the annual Homecoming & Hoops event at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
As part of football's homecoming weekend, the men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced to the public, with intrasquad scrimmages and other festivities set to begin at 9 p.m. Admission to the event is free, although everyone attending must pick up a ticket outside, on either the northeast or southeast corners of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
For the Cowboys, it'll be a true introduction of Smart, who continues to pile up preseason recognition.
Along with the Big 12 nod, Smart has been named national preseason Freshman of the Year by CBSSports.com, as well as named to Sporting News' Freshman All-America Team.
Thursday, Smart was one of 10 players picked to the watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award.
News surrounding the Cowboys isn't all good, with sophomore Brian Williams set for surgery Wednesday to repair damage suffered in a Monday practice to his left (non-shooting) wrist.
Cowboys coach Travis Ford said Thursday that a return by Williams this season is not a certainty.