Oklahoma State Preview Capsule

Oklahoma State Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Oklahoma State

Last season: 12-20.

Nickname: Cowboys.

Coach: Brad Underwood.

Conference: Big 12.

Who's gone: G Jeff Newberry, G Tyree Griffin.

Who's back: G Jawun Evans, last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He missed the final nine games with a shoulder injury, but he has healed; G Phil Forte. He averaged 15 points per game two seasons ago, and is back after missing most of last season with an elbow injury. F Leyton Hammonds. G Tavarius Shine.

Who's new: G Thomas Dziagwa is a sharpshooter. F Cameron McGriff picked Oklahoma State over several Big 12 programs, including Texas and Oklahoma. F Lucas N'Guessan is a 7-footer from the Netherlands; G Lindy Waters III, a four-star recruit the Cowboys got from Norman, Oklahoma. Coach Brad Underwood, who left Stephen F. Austin after compiling an 89-14 record the previous three years.

The Skinny: The Cowboys should be improved now that Evans and Forte are back to form one of the nation's better backcourts. Underwood is a winner, and he has embraced the expectations that come with taking the job at Oklahoma State. An NCAA Tournament bid is not out of the question.

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