Cowboys land physical presence

By landing a physical presence down low, Oklahoma State's perimeter threats should be even more difficult to defend.

During his time at Oklahoma State, Travis Ford has had his share of success. The Cowboys boss has built teams in his image with lots of three point shooting, perimeter dominated play, and an up tempo style. However now the Cowboys will have something they haven't had in a little while, a dominant force on the post.

In June virtually no one knew who Mitch Solomon was. The Bixby (Okla) product didn't have a scholarship offer and played on an under the radar AAU team. However things began to change in July, and following the Great American Shootout the 6-foot-9 Solomon was seen as a must get recruit for numerous schools in the Big XII.

Solomon is a bit of a throwback, he is a big kid who enjoys playing on the post, rebounding, and setting screens. At around 220 pounds, with room to put on a lot of weight, Solomon attacks the glass and carves out space on the low block. Right now he isn't a great scorer with his back to the basket, but he does have a nice touch out to about 12 feet.

One thing that Solomon takes great pride in is setting screens. That may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but when looking at the Cowboys roster it is pretty big. Everything revolves around shooting for Oklahoma State, and they have two of the best gunners around in Stevie Clark and Phil Forte.

With Clark using ball screens and Forte coming off of pindowns and flare screens, having a post player who is first and foremost not afraid to throw his weight around and second off enjoys it, is something that opens up a lot of things on the offensive end.

The next step for Solomon will be to get stronger and work on his feet down low. Right now he is more comfortable scoring facing the rim, but at times he can show some solid signs for the future with his ability to score down low.

Most importantly this shows that Ford can land a big physical center. He has had a ton of success with guards and wings, but locking this kid down from the home state was extremely important.

In his time as the boss in Stillwater Ford's teams have never finished in the top half of college basketball in offensive rebounding, now a kid like Solomon should help change that. With the dangerous shooters that the Cowboys have, getting second and third opportunities on the offensive end is huge, and Ford and company now have someone who should help them accomplish that.

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