Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/8/14
When Marcus Smart announced he was returning to Oklahoma State last spring instead of entering the NBA draft, it appeared the Cowboys were well positioned to make a deep NCAA tournament run this past season and contend in the Big 12 for years to come. Oh, how quickly things change. Not only did Oklahoma State get bounced in the opening round of the NCAA tournament after having to scramble just to make it at all, the Cowboys have also hemorrhaged players to the point that their ability to even be competitive in the Big 12 next season is now in doubt. The latest to leave is sophomore forward Kamari Murphy, who will transfer according to multiple reports. Murphy's departure ensures Oklahoma State will return no more than three of its top eight players from last season: Senior forward Le'Bryan Nash, undersized sharp shooter Phil Forte and shot-blocking center Michael Cobbins. Smart entered the NBA draft after his sophomore season. Standout guard Markel Brown and little-used big man Mason Cox exhausted their eligibility. Murphy, fellow starting forward Brian Williams and big man Gary Gaskins are transferring. And point guard heir apparent Stevie Clark was dismissed from the program late in the season for repeated off-the-court issues.
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