But Cobbins, also on the honorable mention list, came on over the second half of last season in what might prove to be his career breakout. Now up to 230 pounds, 50 pounds heavier than when he arrived at OSU, Cobbins should be more forceful in the post.
And the Cowboys need that, with Jurick no longer around.
“Those are some big shoes to fill,” Cobbins said. “I feel prepared and ready to go.”
Williams said he's back to 100 percent, something he could never claim a year ago, when he missed the first 18 games and only played a limited role upon returning, with his right shooting wrist always wrapped.
“It was somewhere in the 60-70 percent (range),” Williams said. “It wasn't until after the season that I really started to get back healthy. I didn't have any time during the season, I just had to hop back in and do what I could.
“Now I'm back and ready to go.”
Forte and Murphy are back and ready to grow, even after providing valuable bench help as true freshmen.
And that's not all. Leyton Hammonds and Stevie Clark, the newest freshmen, are both positioned for significant roles, with 6-10 post man Gary Gaskins also on the verge of joining the rotation. Jeffrey Carroll, another freshman, and veteran 7-footer Marek Soucek are also bidding for playing time.
So while the Cowboys will lean on their star trio at times, they can look in other directions, too.
Overall, OSU returns more than 96 percent of its points, assists and steals from a team that went 24-9, finished one game behind co-conference champions Kansas and Kansas State and returned to the NCAA Tournament.
“We're returning a lot of players from last year's team,” Brown said. “We also have a lot of chemistry.
“We all made NCAA Tournament runs. We all have experience of playing in the tournament, playing in Big 12 play. And actually being a winning team. That says a lot about this team.”