Curry Selected to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Oklahoma State's JamesOn Curry was named Monday to the preseason All-Big 12 team, as selected by the league coaches. Curry, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists per game as a freshman for the Cowboys last season.

Curry is one of only four returning players – and the only one with any significant playing times – from last season's 26-7 Cowboy team that advanced to the Sweet 16. The Cowboys have 10 newcomers this season on a team that the Big 12 coaches predicted last week to finish fourth in the league.

"He's going to be put in a situation where not many players in the past have had to shoulder the responsibilities of being a leader in their sophomore year," said OSU head coach designate Sean Sutton. "But it will be more difficult for him this year because everybody, when they get ready to play us, will make him the focus of their attention.

"I think it's going to be important that he's consistent – whether it be (scoring) 17 or 18 points (a game), or 20 to 21. And I think he will be consistent, night in and night out, and that he's going to produce at that level. He'll have some big games (this season). I don't know exactly how many points he's going to have to score but he's going to have to score consistently."

Curry started 15 of the Cowboys' final 16 games a year ago – averaging 13.3 points (including a career-high 22 in wins against both Colorado and Oklahoma) and 31.8 minutes.

Joining Curry on the All-Big 12 team are Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson, Texas guard Daniel Gibson, Texas forward P.J. Tucker and Oklahoma forward Taj Gray.

OSU's Mario Boggan, a junior college transfer from Chipola College in Florida, was also honored by the league coaches, sharing Newcomer of the Year recognition with Oklahoma's Michael Neal. Boggan, a 6-7, 235-pound forward, averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in earning honorable mention National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors in leading his team to a 33-4 record and the semifinals of the NJCAA national tournament.

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