Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
When fan favorite and leading scorer Keiton Page exhausted his eligibility, the Oklahoma State Cowboys became Le'Bryan Nash's team, for better or worse. He and classmates Brian Williams, Mike Cobbins and Cezar Guerrero will determine OSU's direction in 2012-13.
Nash was OSU's highest-rated recruit ever and at times showed why the hype was warranted. He carded 21 points and eight rebounds in a win over archrival Oklahoma, then followed up with 27 points in an upset win over Missouri.
There were also debacles like 2-for-15 in a loss to New Mexico, 2-for-12 in a 41-point drubbing by Baylor and 3-for-15 in the return match with OU. Nash shot 39 percent on the season, a figure which must improve, since he'll be getting the lion's share of shots left behind by Page's exit.
Nash's season was cut short by a fractured hand, so he should enter with a feeling of unfinished business.
Williams was a more efficient scorer than Nash, if not as spectacular. He did, however, average 17.2 points and five boards per game after Nash went down in late February.
As a redshirt freshman, Cobbins led the team in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. He only scored five points per game, but his best nights seemed to come against better competition. Cobbins recorded three games of double-digit points and four of double-digit rebounds, with one of each coming against NCAA tournament teams Missouri, Texas and Iowa State.
Guerrero caddied for Page, picking the team up with 29 points in a Preseason NIT matchup when Page was sidelined due to injury. From there, he saw more games with single-digit minutes (6) than double-digit points (3). His 35 percent shooting made Nash look like Reggie Miller by comparison.
The Pokes are still waiting on an eligibility ruling for forward Jean-Paul Olukemi and guard Markel Brown returns, but these four sophomores will definitely be driving the herd for the Cowboys.