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Oklahoma State basketball: James Dickey No. 1 candidate for assistant coach job

by John Helsley Published: April 29, 2014

/articleid/4744236/1/pictures/2504906">Photo - Houston head coach James Dickey reacts in the first half during the Pete Maravich men's college basketball game of the Ramada All-College Classic between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Houston Cougars at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Houston head coach James Dickey reacts in the first half during the Pete Maravich men's college basketball game of the Ramada All-College Classic between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Houston Cougars at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Dickey told the Houston Chronicle that he considered a leave of absence from the Cougars, before deciding that wouldn’t be fair to the program.

“Coach Dickey is not only a great person and coach, but a great mentor for all of our student-athletes and entire staff,” Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said at the time. “He made so many of us in our department better. No one has worked harder than coach Dickey. … He will be missed greatly.”

In addition to Dickey, OSU has been linked as a potential landing spot for transfers TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House, Houston’s top two scorers and rebounders from this past season. Both players were granted conditional releases following the hiring of Kelvin Sampson by Houston.

Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward, led the Cougars with 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds a game and ranked No. 14 nationally with a 59.1 field goal percentage. House, a 6-7 guard, averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. He was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2013, after arriving as the No. 15-rated prospect nationally by Rivals.com and ESPN.com.

“I tried to create a bond with coach Dickey,” House told the Houston Chronicle. “Me and coach Dickey were the only ones who were really close. When he resigned, I didn’t have a relationship with anyone here.”

Both players would have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules, unless they receive a waiver. The conditional releases prevent them from transferring to another school in the American Athletic Conference, schools in the state of Texas, and scheduled opponents over the next two seasons.

Thomas will be a senior, and House a junior. Each has a redshirt year remaining.

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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