STILLWATER – Not that long ago, Oklahoma State faced a logjam of players at the point guard position. Defections have changed that.
One week after Fred Gulley left the Cowboys, Reger Dowell has also exited the program, a source confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday night.
Dowell’s departure comes just as the Duncanville, Texas, native was set to return to the Dallas area for the Cowboys game against SMU Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
With Gulley and Dowell now gone, only true freshman Cezar Guerrero remains from what had been a three-man rotation at the point, however, senior Keiton Page has been increased exposure at the position in practice, which may have contributed to Dowell’s decision to leave.
A junior who came on late last season, Dowell had started three of OSU’s 11 games and was averaging 19.2 minutes per game, the most of any point guard. He was averaging 5.5 points and 1.4 assists per game.
Still, the point guard position has been an ongoing source of concern for the Cowboys, prompting the move to get Page more involved, requiring a shift from his regular role as the shooting guard. Page played at the point at times last year, but the coaching staff had hoped to avoid using him there this season, so he could fully commit to playing his more natural position and take advantage of his perimeter shooting skills.