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OSU notebook: Basketball schedule taking shape

by John Helsley Published: July 17, 2011

With SMU basketball coach Matt Doherty tweeting about his team's matchup with the Cowboys at the American Airline Center on Dec. 28, OSU's nonconference schedule is nearing completion.

Along with the Mustangs, the Cowboys will play in the Preseason NIT, face Alabama in Birmingham, New Mexico in the All-College Classic, travel to Missouri State and face Tulsa and Virginia Tech at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

A few details, including the final pieces to the schedule, are all that remain.

The game against SMU, which finished 20-15 a year ago, not only gives the Cowboys a game in recruiting-rich Dallas, but national exposure with another game on ESPN.


OSU's basketball recruiting for the 2012 class is gaining focus.

The Cowboys already have one commitment in 6-foot-4 Kentucky shooting guard Adam Wing, who was identified by coach Travis Ford's dad, Eddie. And they have offers out to at least six more prospects, with the latest going to Florida high school swing man Billydee Williams, according to ESPN analyst Dave Telep.

Williams is a 6-5, 200-pound scorer and athlete who fits Ford's up-tempo style.

OSU's other offers have been extended to some of the nation's elite: five-star guard Marcus Smart of Flower Mound, Texas; point guard Nino Jackson from Ardmore; 6-11 center Willie Cauley from Olathe, Kan.; and small forward Twymond Howard from Pearl, Miss.

The Cowboys have also offered three-star Mike Hall, a 6-10 center from College Park, Ga.

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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