Basketball: Is OSU Still In Flowers' Plans?

Gary Flowers, the 6-foot-8 forward ranked as the No. 7 post-graduate player in the nation by, has a message for those people saying that he isn't going to qualify academically and will not be eligible to play next season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. And he shared it with on Wednesday evening.

Flowers, originally from Dallas Lincoln High School, where he played with Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton, spent much of the past school year at Genesis One Christian Academy in Mendenhall, Miss. But when Flowers left the school to return to his hometown Dallas in early February the rumors started flying around like footballs in Boone Pickens Stadium.

"Of course, I'm coming to Oklahoma State," Flowers said Wednesday night. "I'm very, very excited. Words can't explain it."

Flowers said he did return to Dallas but that's only because he had completed his course work at Genesis One, and he will be graduating in about seven weeks. "I'm getting ready to go back down there on April 4, and I'm set to graduate on May 18. I had talked to (the OSU coaches) about coming to Stillwater around May 1, but I'm going to be down there until May 18 to graduate."

Flowers says that has already completed his requirements to graduate. "I'm already done. I just had to pass English 4, and I did that. I'm just waiting to get that diploma," he said.

Flowers plans to be in Stillwater in early June and enroll for summer school classes.

But he also has a message for Cowboy fans. "I don't plan to be sitting here watching (the NCAA Tournament) next year," Flowers said. "I plan on being a part of the tournament."

And, he has a message for the Cowboys who return from this season's 17-16 team. "I'm planning to come in and do what I have to do to play," Flowers said when asked about earning playing time on a team which returns the likes of Mario Boggan, Marcus Dove, David Monds and Kenny Cooper.

Flowers believes the Cowboys will be better next season. "It happens sometimes," he says about the team's struggles, "but we'll be better next season. "It was a young team. Like coach Eddie Sutton said, it was the youngest team he's ever coached. But they're going to have a year under their belt and everyone will be better. I can guarantee that we'll have a better season."

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