Oklahoma State Basketball Preview: NCAA Hopes Fall on Freshman Guards

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent INovember 16, 2009

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 20: Marshall Moses #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys dunks the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As one of the most anticipated seasons in Oklahoma State's football history heads toward a close, another one begins.

After making the NCAA for the first time in three years, second-year head coach Travis Ford looks to continue the reemergence of Cowboy basketball. After the Cowboys fell to No. 1 seed Pittsburgh last season, Ford had a lot of rebuilding to do.

The hardest part h will be the key to the Cowboy's season.

Replacing the likes of point guard Byron Eaton, who did close to everything for Ford last season. Also swing man Terrel Harris and forward Anthony Brown.

However, Ford did just that, bringing in a recruit class filled with a number of talented prospects. Six freshman and one junior were the projects that Ford signed with confidence.

All eyes will fall upon Fords chosen freshman point guards. Starting with Ray Penn, Fred Gulley, and Reger Dowell. Plus, Kentucky transfer Matt Pilgrim will be looked to for toughness and energy.

Ford also has a solid core of veterans to work with. Among them are sophomore Keiton Page, lone senior Obi Muonelo, and juniors Marshall Moses, Nick Sidorakis, and James Anderson.

Anderson is by far the most talented prospect of Ford's veterans and will likely be heading toward the NBA after the season.

Muonelo and Moses also bring a large amount of energy to the floor, while Page and Sidorakis will spread the floor with their perimeter shooting.

For has a brought in a lot of talent to work with his now savvy veterans in his uptempo offense, but if the Cowboys wish to make another appearance in the NCAA Tournament all eyes will fall upon Penn and Gulley.

High octane offense, explosive athletes, rowdy fan base, and one of the loudest arena's in the country? What more can Cowboy nation ask for as basketball season begins?