Basketball Report

This will be kind of sketchy, but I spoke with associate head coach and head coach designate Sean Sutton on Monday. Sutton was answering questions for several of us in the media and informed us that the Cowboys had scrimmaged on Sunday.

Practices are closed for now. The Cowboys will take Thursday as their day off this week and will also scrimmage again sometime before the end of the week. The first exhibition game is scheduled for next Tuesday against USAO at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Sutton said that both the Graham brothers (Joey and Stevie) are playing well and Stevie is making a major push for the starting lineup. John Lucas is playing as expected and is very smooth. Lucas is definitely a leader on this squad. His play and his decisions have been very consistent and he is shooting the ball really well.

Terrence Crawford is playing as well as he ever has at Oklahoma State. The former Player of the Year in high school at Bishop McGuinness has really worked to improve his physical strength and conditioning and is moving as well as he did before the Achilles injury a couple of years ago.

Marcus Dove, who redshirted last year, is making a major push for playing time. Last year Dove polished his defensive skills going against current Boston Celtic Tony Allen every day in practice. Sutton also said that JamesOn Curry is doing fine in adjusting to playing at Oklahoma State. As advertised he is a real scorer and shooter.

The most impressive news involves Frans Steyn. Sutton said he has been practicing very well. How well? The Cowboys' top assistant said that if Steyn transfers his practice performance to the games that he thinks Steyn will be playing 18-20 minutes a game. The disappointment so far, and it's early, has been Aaron Pettway who is coming along slower than anticipated. Sutton said the program was spoiled by the quick adjustment of junior college contributors like Tony Allen who made a quick adjustment from junior college ball to Division I. Pettway has time. Sutton said that if Pettway came along around the middle of January that would be fine.

He also said that the Cowboys aren't afraid to go small like they did last year with 6-8 warrior Ivan McFarlin playing the post. I am not forgetting my favorite player from a year ago in Daniel Bobik. Mr. Mature is still there, unselfish, shooting the ball well and just being overall dependable.

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