OSU Next Year: Try These Guys

With six of the top seven players using up their eligibility it might be easier to predict who's going to win the Super Bowl in 2020 than to accurately project Oklahoma State's starting lineup next season. But what's life without taking a few risks. So, here's one person's guess as to what OSU's starting lineup will look like next season.

THE STARTERS (Ht., Class in 2005-06, minutes per game, points per game, rebounds per game)

Aaron Pettway (6-10, Sr., 4.1 mpg, 0.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg)
He will get every chance to prove why he was one of the nation's most sought after junior college big men a year ago. He struggled in making the transition from junior college to Division I this season, and played sparingly.

David Monds (6-8, Jr., 5.4 mpg, 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
He is built very similar to Ivan McFarlin, and as one of only two players (the other being Marcus Dove) with two years in Eddie Sutton's system he will be asked to step his game up in 2005-06.

Gerald Green (6-8, Fr.) or Roderick Flemings (6-6, Fr.)
Expect Green to step in and start immediately, if he does not decide to enter the NBA Draft. He averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists this past season at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston. Flemings (14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds at DeSoto High School in Texas) has the OSU coaching staff excited about his potential.

JamesOn Curry (6-3, Soph., 25 mpg, 9.4ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg)
Will become the Cowboys' go-to player next season. In his last 16 games, 15 of which he started, Curry averaged 13.3 points and nearly 4 assists while shooting nearly 54 percent from the field (including better than 50 percent from three-point range).

Byron Eaton (5-10, Fr.)
A McDonald's All-American (along with Gerald Green), the 5-foot-10, 220-pound fireplug will be asked to run the show. Averaged 16.7 points and 6.4 assists as a senior at Lincoln High School in Dallas.


Kenneth Cooper (6-10, Fr.): This athletic and gifted big man may help right away. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Louisiana Class 3A state tournament after scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in leading his Richwood High team to the title.

Marcus Dove (6-7, So. 5.9 mpg, 1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg): Don't be surprised to see this athletic player, and a crowd favorite, work his way into the lineup. He's been in the program for the past two years, redshirting as a freshman.

Terrel Harris (6-4, Fr.): The shooting guard from South Garland (Texas) High School could make an immediate impact after averaging 17.1 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior.

Frans Steyn (7-2, Sr., 6.5 mpg, 2.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg): Steyn, who graduated in December with a degree in international business, could provide depth if he decides to return for his final year of eligibility.

Please remember that this list could change by the time practice starts next October because the OSU coaching staff is expected to sign two or three more additional players (including several junior college standouts).

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