The Cowboys could look quite similar, or vastly different next season, depending on the stay/go decisions of Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash, who are all contemplating jumps to the NBA as underclassmen.
A look ahead:
C Philip Jurick. Gave the Cowboys a paint presence and an answer inside when they faced traditional big men, which wasn't often.
F Michael Cobbins. Continued to progress following his return from injury, becoming a key cog down the stretch.
G Phil Forte. Played a major role as a true freshman and will be counted on for three more years.
G Kirby Gardner. Backup to Smart, he likely doesn't project as a starter, even if Smart decides to leave.
F Kamari Murphy. Gave the Cowboys solid production in his freshman season and should only develop into a bigger role.
F Marek Soucek. A knee injury set the 7-footer back, leaving him out of rotation plans. Can he develop to add needed depth inside?
G Markel Brown. Made another major stride as a junior. He'd be one of the Big 12's best returning players if he comes back.
G Marcus Smart. Already the Big 12's best player, his decision is the toughest, weighing a major payday against a run at history.
G Le'Bryan Nash. Finally settled into a role and found his stride in his second season; most likely to return.
G Jéan-Paul Olukemi. A knee injury wrecked his senior season; now he hopes to petition the NCAA for a sixth year.
G Stephen Clark. A premium scorer — more than 3,000 points for his prep career — he'll have a major role; point guard if Smart departs.
G Jeffrey Carroll. A 6-5 guard who's an accomplished shooter, but also a physical presence who can drive and score.
G Detrick Mostella. Athleticism reminds of Markel Brown, and he's already an accomplished shooter and scorer.
C Gary Gaskins. A 6-10 junior college transfer, he uses his athleticism to excel as a rebounder and shot blocker.
F Leyton Hammonds. A versatile forward, Hammonds was the MVP of District 4-5A in Texas.