Found August 07, 2013 on
Run the Floor:
I fully recognize and accept that the majority of college basketball coaches know way more about the Xs and Os of basketball than I do. As a matter of fact they know more about the Xs and Os of basketball than probably 99.9% of people watching their team play.
But when it comes to player value and stats, some of them seem trapped in the past and glued to buzzwords like “winner” and “competitor” that sound great without context, but might not necessarily stand up to facts.
To wit: in a poll with CBS, college coaches selected Oklahoma State Sophomore Marcus Smart as the player they would most want on their team this coming season, with Smart grabbing 34% of the vote. Doug McDermott (24%), Andrew Wiggins (15%), Aaron Craft (6%) and Julius Randle (5%) rounded out the top 5.
I am apparently fairly alone on this ledge, but I don’t really see it with Smart. He is obviously a great defender and I won’t argue otherwise, but he had just a 5.7% gap between his assist and turnover r...
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Oklahoma State men's basketball has made the jump back to national prominence as evidence of the number of national television appearances the Cowboys will make during the 2013-14 season. The Cowboys will have a regular season game on CBS for the first time since 2010 when they play at Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 18. The OSU schedule was officially released Thursday morning.
Oklahoma State senior Shamiel Gary talks about the Cowboys secondary, including some of the younger players who will be counted on to contribute this season, and the season opener against Mississippi State on Aug. 31.
STILLWATER -- For an Oklahoma morning it was hot and humid Monday as the Oklahoma State Cowboys finished off the fourth and final practice of the NCAA acclimatization period with their second practice in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. Tuesday morning the full pads go on for the first time and that wraps up the NCAA mandated schedule for the first five days of practice.
STILLWATER -- Two days in a row in full pads and two days in a row a goal-line session to end practice for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys went through a similar routine on Wednesday in full pads that they did on Tuesday in the first day in full pads.
Oklahoma State receiver Austin Hays says he's noticed a difference just a few days into fall camp in how the Cowboys are preparing for their season opener this season. Hays says the Cowboys are looking forward to facing SEC opponent Mississippi State in the Texas Kickoff Classic on Aug. 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Cornerback Ashton Lampkin says the Cowboys defense is prepared to surprise some people this fall. The sophomore from Arlington, Texas had a warning for opponents during OSU's Media Day. They had better watch out for an improved Cowboys defensive line and they had better stay away from senior cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is looking like the player he was two years ago.
Cowboys leading receiver Josh Stewart said earlier this week that he is really impressed with several of the young receivers in practice. Stewart said freshman Marcell Ateman is really impressing as are redshirt freshman JhaJuan Seales and senior John Goodlett, who was recently awarded a scholarship. Head coach Mike Gundy has been impressed with both Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples.
STILLWATER -- Tuesday's practice was the first full practice in pads and it was the longest practice so far in fall camp for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They were on the field a little over three hours including the pre-practice routine, but the actual practice ran about two and a half hours on the grass practice fields east of Gallagher-Iba Arena.
STILLWATER - The overnight thunderstorms in the Stillwater area forced Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy on Thursday to take his team across Hall of Fame to their new digs that aren't quite finished but pretty close. Passers-by were able to view from a long distance the team working out inside the Sherman Smith Training Center and on the new Astroturf field to the east of...