Nash Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year

Oklahoma State incoming freshman LeBryan Nash was named the Big 12 Conference preseason freshman of the year on Thursday by the league.

"It's an honor to receive this award, but I'm more concerned about helping our team win championships," Nash said in a press release. "I look forward to working very hard to help Oklahoma State be as successful as possible and to win a lot of games."

Nash became just the third OSU player to receive a major preseason honor in the Big 12 era. Mario Boggan was named the preseason newcomer of the year before the 2005-06 season and Adrian Peterson was the preseason player of the year back in 1998-99.

Nash received enough votes to receive honorable mention all-conference, as well.

"LeBryan is a very talented individual," coach Travis Ford said in the release. "This is a nice recognition for him, but I know that he is more concerned about what he can do to help make this team better. He's more interested in helping this team win a lot of basketball games. When the team is successful, the individual honors will come."

Nash, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dallas Lincoln High School, was a McDonald's All-American and the McDonald's slam dunk champion as a high school senior. He was named a second team Parade All-American and was rated the No. 2 small forward in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Nash was rated the No. 3 small forward in the country by ESPNU.com and the No. 9 player overall. He was also named to the 2010 U18 USA men's national team, in addition to being named Mr. Basketball in the state of Texas.

Oklahoma State opens the season with the start of practice on Oct. 14 and Homecoming & Hoops is scheduled for Friday Oct. 28, offering Cowboy fans their first look at Nash and the 2011-12 men's basketball team.

OSU opens the game portion of its schedule on Nov. 2 when the Cowboys host Panhandle State for an exhibition game.


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