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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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Nash might one day be a great player. The skills are apparent, if in reserve for now.

So let him learn a work ethic and earn a spot in the starting five. When placed in a reserve role this season, he's thrived. Maybe he's more comfortable coming off the bench.

Maybe that's his best place – for now – anyway.

Press the issue.

The Cowboys have dabbled in pressure defense this season, often to solid results. But since the early stages of the non-conference schedule, they've reeled in that strategy. And still, when they've sprung it on teams in desperation, the press has worked.

So do it more. Much more.

The athletes are in place. And with a team seriously lacking shooters, applying pressure would push the pedal on pace, allowing those athletes to run and slash more freely to the basket for dunks and layups and fouls.

Now, if recent injuries to Markel Brown and Jéan-Paul Olukemi prove lengthy, depth issues could call for reconsideration.

Even then, it's only a cause to cut back on the pressure, not cut it out.

Run.

The Cowboys keep shooting. And missing much too frequently.

Ford's assembled a cast of athletes who can run and slash and get to the hole, not square up and shoot jumpers, with the exception of Page. And yet they rarely run.

Free the athletes.

It could be liberating.

It would definitely be more fun, to play and to watch.

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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