“We have a lot of guys who can play ball,” Williams said. “Some are known more than others.”
Figuring out the unknown, especially in game situations, is a priority for Ford in the early going, beginning with Campbellsville, an NAIA program that launched Ford's head coaching career in 1997.
And Ford's mention of Nos. 8 through 10 isn't necessarily a reflection of their roles or potential impact.
Prized recruit Stevie Clark figures prominently. With a background as an elite prep scorer at Douglass High School, he could provide the Cowboys instant offense off the bench and help spell Smart at the point guard spot.
Marek Soucek offers size in the paint, if he can finally make the breakthrough coaches have hoped for. Leyton Hammonds, another true freshman, has shot the ball well in the preseason. Junior college forward Gary Gaskins is long and athletic and another potential contributor to a frontcourt lacking depth. And freshman wing Jeffrey Carroll has been coming on, further crowding the rotation.
Who will emerge?
“That's what we're looking for,” Ford said. “You can go a really long way with seven (players). But there's going to be some games when No. 8, 9 or 10 can be a difference maker. So we've really got to develop No. 8, 9 and 10 right now.”
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No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. Campbellsville (Kent.)
* When: 2 p.m. Sunday
* Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater
* Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1
* TV: FSOK (Cox 37/HD722; Dish 416; DirecTV 679; U-verse 754, HD 1754)
Three things to know
* Keith Adkins coached for Travis Ford during Ford's tenure at Campbellsville, before taking over as Tigers head coach in 2000.
* The Cowboys' No. 12 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll is the program's highest since 2004-05, when they were No. 8.
* OSU beat Campbellsville 102-38 in 2010, the first meeting between the two coaches. Markel Brown, Michael Cobbins and Brian Williams remain from that Cowboys team.