Coming off consecutive first-round exits in the NCAA Tournament, coach Travis Ford and the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team are looking to rebuild in 2015 with a number of new faces at key positions.
The Cowboys lost their top-two scorers to the NBA Draft in guards Marcus Smart and Markel Brown. Forwards Brian Williams, Kamari Murphy and center Gary Gaskins also left the program over the offseason.
And in April, incoming Rivals-rated four-star shooting guard Jared Terrell out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire was released from his National Letter of Intent to play for the Cowboys next season.
But among the major changes this season, the Cowboys do return a handful of experienced players and a new crop of freshmen and transfers who could make an immediate impact.
Forward Le'Bryan Nash returns, as does center Michael Cobbins, who has recovered from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered early last season. Shooting guard Phil Forte, who averaged 13 points per game last year, returns. The Cowboys will also have multiple options to replace Smart at point guard in first-year transfers.
Senior Anthony Hickey comes into the fold after playing for LSU. And the Cowboys also landed the one of the top-ranked JUCO-transfer point guards in the country, Jeff Newberry.
The 2014 recruiting class includes two four-star recruits, according to Rivals, in forwards Joe Burton and Mitchell Solomon.
OSU’s complete nonconference schedule has yet to be announced. Its Nov. 24 game against Oregon State is its first matchup of the MGM Grand Main Event held in Las Vegas. Its Dec. 6 game at South Carolina is part of the Big 12/SEC challenge.
The Cowboys also travel to the site of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City December 30, when they take on former conference foe Missouri at the Sprint Center.
2014-15 OSU Schedule
24 vs Oregon State, 5:30 p.m. (Las Vegas)
6 at South Carolina, 11 a.m.
30 vs. Missouri, TBA (Sprint Center)
3 vs. Kansas State, 11 a.m. / 1 p.m.
6 @ Iowa State, TBA
10 vs. Texas, 4 p.m.
13 @ Kansas, TBA
17 @ Oklahoma, TBA
21 vs Texas Tech, 8 p.m.
24 at Kansas State, 11 a.m.
27 vs. Baylor, TBA
31 vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
4 at Texas, TBA
7 vs. Kansas, 1 p.m.
9 @ Baylor, 6 p.m.
14 @ TCU, 5 p.m.
18 vs Iowa State, 8 p.m.
21 vs. West Virginia, TBA
28 @ Texas Tech, TBA
4 vs. TCU, 8 p.m.
7 at West Virginia, TBA