OSU basketball: A new year offers hope for Cowboys

The Oklahoman gives its suggestions for some Oklahoma State men's basketball resolutions.
by John Helsley Published: January 1, 2012
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The last year, the calendar year 2011, didn't go so well for Cowboys basketball.

Oklahoma State went 6-10 in Big 12 play, failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time under coach Travis Ford and was ousted in the second round of the NIT. Then, amid hyped anticipation of a new season, the Cowboys stumbled to a 7-6 nonconference record that represented the most losses for an OSU team through December since 1986-87.

In addition, two players hit the exits for home, leaving no remaining players from Ford's initial recruiting class of six.

OSU's combined record from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31: 13-16.

Ah, but a new year offers hope.

And in New Year's fashion, we offer our suggestions for some OSU basketball resolutions:

Hail Cezar Guerrero!

Yeah, the brash little freshman tries to do too much at times. But don't you believe, like him, that he can pull it off?

Guerrero is OSU's point guard of the future. And the future should be now.

He'll make some mistakes, sure, more than a few, too. But let him get them out of his system and grow into the player and playmaker he's destined to be. Because Guerrero will make some plays, too. And on a team that desperately lacks scoring options, he can put the ball in the hole. And accommodate Keiton Page in the process.

For Ford, who hesitates to surrender control to his point guards, it won't be easy unleashing Guerrero. But it will be rewarding.

Make Le'Bryan Nash earn it.

Much has been given to the heralded former prep star from Dallas, namely an immediate starting job. Much, too, should be expected.

So far, Nash hasn't produced, not with any regularity. And he still hasn't shown he can find another gear to push himself toward getting better.


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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