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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

October 12th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Oklahoma State Cowboys

 

Overall Rank: #30

Conference Rank: #4 Big 12

 

2005-06: 17-16, 6-10, 7th (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT

 

The departure of Coach Eddie Sutton from Oklahoma State may look odd for a while on the Cowboy sidelines, but it shouldn’t have much of an impact on this year’s team.  That is because new coach Sean Sutton has spent plenty of time preparing for the day when he would take over for his father.  And the elder Sutton has left plenty of talent for his son in Stillwater. 

 

Who’s Out: The frontcourt takes a hit with the dismissal of Torre Johnson and the graduation of Aaron Pettway.  Johnson averaged 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench last year, while Pettway tacked on 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 23 appearances.  Roderick Flemings has transferred after showing promise as a freshman.  The wing earned four starts last year and averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds.

 

Who’s In: The key newcomer is Obi Muonelo.  Muonelo, one of the top rated shooting guards in the class, can use his quickness to get to the basket and will have some spectacular finishes that will rock Gallagher-Iba Arena.  The 6-5 Edmond, Oklahoma product doesn’t have the greatest outside shot, but it is good enough to keep defenses honest.  With a roster that appears to go 10 deep, guard Andy Shaw, junior college transfer forward Tyler Hatch and center Scott Warner aren’t expected to make a large contribution during their first season in Stillwater.

* Gary Flowers was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons on October 6th.

 

Who to Watch: Despite scoring 13.5 points per game, dishing out 4.0 assists and grabbing 2.8 boards, JamesOn Curry’s sophomore campaign was considered a disappointment.  And it was compared to his freshman season.  Curry is still the team leader and the 6-3 guard needs to be a little more consistent with his shooting in order for the Cowboys to hope to reach the NCAAs.  Byron Eaton did a decent job running the point for a freshman.  As with most of the squad, the turnovers were a problem.  Eaton will have to start taking better care of the ball and hope his teammates follow suit.  Marcus Dove and Terrel Harris will battle for the starting gig at the small forward spot.  Harris has the potential to be a third scoring threat for OSU after averaging 4.5 points in limited minutes as a freshman.  Jamaal Brown started 13 games a year ago, but the senior may lose some of his playing time with the influx of talent emerging in the backcourt.  However, Brown is an experienced point guard who could play a much bigger role than expected if the turnover problems continue to haunt the Cowboys.

 

Final Projection: Mario Boggan went from the junior college level to the Big XII and didn’t have many problems adjusting.  A freshman season spent at Florida didn’t hurt, but still the 6-7 forward was a pleasant surprise for OSU.  For his senior year, Boggan is garnering even higher expectations than his team high 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds of a year ago.  Center Kenneth Cooper is expected to start next to Boggan.   The 6-10 Monroe, Louisiana product started 17 games as a freshman.  Cooper’s offensive skills won’t make any highlight shows, but his defense will keep him on the floor.  David Monds, another of OSU’s many part-time starters, will add depth in the paint.  At 6-8, Monds is a little undersized to play the five in this conference, but he’ll see plenty of minutes at both post positions.  After averaging 8.1 points and 5.6 boards as a junior, Monds should have another steady campaign.  The key for Oklahoma State is to take smarter shots and take care of the ball, which is easier said than done.  But the backcourt group should be growing up and taking care of those problems.  If they can, the NCAAs are easily within reach.  If not, things could spiral out of control and this ranking will be about 100 off.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

Projected Starting Five:

Byron Eaton, Sophomore, Guard, 7.8 points per game

JamesOn Curry, Junior, Guard, 13.5 points per game

Marcus Dove, Junior, Guard, 3.8 points per game

Mario Boggan, Senior, Forward, 14.8 points per game

Kenny Cooper, Sophomore, Center, 2.0 points per game

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