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OSU basketball: Former LSU guard Anthony Hickey officially joining Cowboys

Cody Stavenhagen Published: June 12, 2014
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(AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis)
(AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis)
(AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis)

Oklahoma State appears to have Marcus Smart’s successor at the point guard spot, but it’s not who you might think.

The Oklahoman reported Wednesday the Cowboys were on the verge of landing LSU transfer Anthony Hickey, and Thursday, nola.com confirmed the report with a source close to the OSU program.

Hickey will likely seek immediate eligibility via the NCAA’s run-off rule. A player can be eligible if in good academic standing and with the provision of a statement verifying the player was not invited to remain in the previous program.

Hickey had well-publicized clashes with LSU coach Johnny Jones and was suspended multiple times before being granted a release from LSU in May.

Hickey was a three-year starter at LSU and averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 assists in 2013. Hickey also led the SEC with 2.9 steals per game as a junior.

Other contenders for the point guard role are junior college transfer Jeff Newberry and freshman Tyree Griffin.

This fills an immediate need for OSU, which is reeling after not only the departure of Smart and Markel Brown, but also transfers from Brian Williams (UL-Lafayette) and Kamari Murphy (Miami).