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Oklahoma State basketball: Kamari Murphy earns starting spot

by John Helsley Published: October 31, 2012

For the exhibition, Williams is joined in the starting lineup by Smart, Le'Bryan Nash, Michael Cobbins and Markel Brown.

WHO'S AT THE POINT?

Smart steps into the point guard spot, a position that has featured more volatility than stability since Byron Eaton's final season four years ago.

Point guard wasn't Smart's listed position at Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas, yet he frequently had the ball in his hands as the focal point and floor general of the offense on teams that won back-to-back state championships.

“It was not a primary position I played in high school, but I did play a lot of point,” Smart said. “They do have a lot of confidence in me. I just take that and embrace it and work hard every day.”

PERCEPTION OR REALITY?

Nash's first season at OSU provided highs and lows.

He finished as the Cowboys' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points, and led the team in rebounding at 5.1 per game. And he was named as the Big 12's Co-Freshman of the Year.

Still, his play was inconsistent, causing some to consider it a disappointing breakout.

Nash takes issue with that description.

“I get a lot of comments that I had a bad year,” Nash said. “To me, I don't think I had a bad year. I ain't going to say I had a great year, but I had an average freshman year. You know, 13 points is real good to be a freshman.”

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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Men's Exhibition Basketball

Oklahoma State vs. Ottawa, Kan.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater

TV: FSN (Cox 37)

Radio: KXXY 96.1 FM

Three things to know:

*The Cowboys return three starters from a year ago.

*Brian Williams, a fourth starter, is out for the season following wrist surgery.

*Ottawa, an NAIA team, returns four starters from a team that finished 12-18 a year ago.

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