Cowboy Basketball Begins Practice

Travis Ford begins his sixth year as head coach of the Cowboys.

Travis Ford begins his sixth year as head coach of the Cowboys.

Sept. 27, 2013

STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State's Cowboy Basketball team will start practicing for the 2013-14 season on Saturday. OSU returns four starters and adds four newcomers to this year's squad.

The Cowboys will be led by Markel Brown, the lone senior on the squad, as well as Marcus Smart, a preseason All-American. Also heading up OSU will be juniors Le'Bryan Nash and Michael Cobbins, who both were named All-Big 12 last season.

Brown, an All-Big 12 Second Team selection last year, has played in 100 career games. He enters his final season in a Cowboy uniform with 1,071 points, ranking 32nd in school history. His 78 career blocked shots are the most ever by an OSU guard, and he has started 45 consecutive games entering the season.

Smart, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, is a consensus preseason first-team All-American and has been named the preseason national player of the year by Dime magazine. The national freshman of the year last season, he established a Big 12 Conference record for steals by a freshman and started every game for the Pokes.

Nash, an All-Big 12 Third Team selection as a sophomore, has started 55 games in his career and has 44 double-figure scoring games in his career. He needs just 167 points to become the 38th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Cobbins, an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team last season, needs just eight blocks to become the eighth Cowboy in school history to record 100 career deflections.

Also returning for Oklahoma State is junior Brian Williams, who missed more than half of last season due to a wrist injury. He started 20 games as a freshman in 2011-12, and is expected to be a big contributor this season. Sophomores Phil Forte and Kamari Murphy are also back. Forte established a school record for three-pointers by a freshman with 68 last season, and Murphy started 15 games as a freshman last year and grabbed nearly four rebounds per game.

In all, OSU returns more than 96 percent of its scoring, nearly 84 percent of its rebounding, more than 97 percent of its assists and steals from last year, and more than 77 percent of its blocked shots. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have added four newcomers: guard Stevie Clark, wings Jeffrey Carroll and Leyton Hammonds, and post player Gary Gaskins. Clark is an Oklahoma native and is a two-time Oklahoma high school player of the year; Carroll and Hammonds were both All-State selections in the largest class in the state of Texas; and Gaskins is a 6-10 shot blocker who transferred from Brevard Community College in Florida.

It was also announced today that Tuesday, October 1, is the first day that single game and flex-plan tickets will go on sale for Cowboy Basketball games. The single-game general admission tickets range from $5 for exhibition games to $25 for the Texas contest. There will be no single-game inventory for premium games (Oklahoma, Kansas or Kansas State).

However, premium-game tickets will be available in the Pick 6 Flex plan for $249. In this plan, fans can choose a total of six games to attend, including two of: Campbellsville, Emporia State, Mississippi Valley State, Utah Valley, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Delaware State and Robert Morris; three games from: Memphis, South Carolina, Texas, TCU, West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech; and one premium game against Oklahoma, Kansas or Kansas State. The Pick 6 Flex plan includes a reserved seat in Sections 303, 304, 317 or 318, and there are approximately 300 packages available.

A limited number of season tickets are still available in the 200 and 300 levels of Gallagher-Iba Arena, giving fans a great way to catch all of the home games this season. Fans interested in any form of tickets can contact the OSU Athletic Ticket office at (877) 255-4678 or on-line at



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