Thunder notebook: Oklahoma City roster full of players whose alma maters reign over college basketball

The Thunder locker room is lively these days with college basketball debates. Six OKC players are from the top three teams in the AP college basketball poll.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 1, 2011 at 7:50 am •  Published: January 31, 2011
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Six players on the Thunder roster came from the nation's top three teams in this week's college rankings.

Daequan Cook and Byron Mullens played for No. 1 Ohio State. Nick Collison and Cole Aldrich played for No. 2 Kansas. Kevin Durant and Royal Ivey played for No. 3 Texas. All of which leads to some playful banter inside the locker room.

Jeff Green (Georgetown) is at No. 13, but three other tradition-rich programs are struggling this season and did not receive a single vote this week in UCLA (Russell Westbrook), Indiana (D.J. White) and Michigan State (Morris Peterson).

“Oh, it feels good,” Cook said of his Buckeyes being 22-0. “A lot of people don't like it because they feel we haven't played a good team yet. Mo Pete's team now is in the top 70. D.J. is in the top 200. They're a little upset with us because we're the only undefeated team. It's (tough) to be me and (Mullens) right now.”

SEFOLOSHA STILL OUT

Thunder starting guard Thabo Sefolosha remains sidelined with a sprained left knee and is day-to-day. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said when Sefolosha is healthy enough to return, he will be in the starting lineup.

In the meantime, Brooks said he will continue to go with James Harden as the replacement starter, with Cook as the backup, despite his recent hot hand from 3-point range (6 for 12) the past two games.

“I feel very comfortable with Thabo and James, but DC has played well enough that he might me able to squeeze some minutes in there,” Brooks said.

WEATHER PERMITTING

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