Oklahoma State's All-Decade Basketball Team
Oklahoma State has had a fabulous decade of basketball. Though they haven't won a national title, they have had very successful teams and have won two Big XII titles.
Three different coaches have run this team, and they've had some great athletes come through their recruiting classes.
Here I will give you my choices for the ten best Cowboys as well as coaching staff.
From starting five to bench, let's see who are the top Cowboys this decade.
Starting Point Guard: John Lucas III
Lucas may have only spent two seasons at Oklahoma State, but those two seasons will last forever in all of Cowboy Nation's hearts.
Lucas provided late-game heroics and unquestioned leadership for a Cowboy team that made a quality run at the NCAA title in 2003-2004.
Lucas led the Cowboys to the Elite Eight to face undefeated St. Joe's and future lottery pick Jameer Nelson.
He also single-handedly sent Nelson packing after burying a three-point bucket with only seconds remaining.
Though Lucas never won an NCAA Title, he was a member of one of the most successful classes in the school's history.
Two Big XII Titles, a Final Four, and Sweet Sixteen appearance later, Lucas went to the NBA, where he played short stints with the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat.
Starting Shooting Guard: Tony Allen
Tony Allen, now an NBA Champion and Boston Celtic, played two primary roles in Oklahoma State's run to the Final Four.
He was the lock down defender Eddie Sutton had always wanted and the slasher he's always needed.
Allen's high flying acts and crucial defensive plays were essential for the Cowboys run deep into March.
Starting Small Forward: James Anderson
Big game James Anderson came into Oklahoma State as the quiet kid from Arkansas. Little did everyone know just how productive Anderson would be.
Thus far in the 2009-2010 season, Anderson is averaging a little more than 20 points per game and is the only player to do so in the Big XII.
Anderson has been the go-to scorer that Oklahoma State has always wanted. A player who could shoot and penetrate and finish at the rim. He's also a great free-throw shooter.
Though Anderson is not the vocal type, he doesn't have to be. Alongside Byron Eaton, he carried the Cowboys to the second round of the NCAA Tournament...a trend he hopes to continue this season as the main option on offense.
Starting Power Forward: Joey Graham
No need for introductions, Joey Graham was the only All-American from the 2004-2005 senior class that went down as one of the most successful in school history.
Graham was drafted in the first round by the Toronto Raptors, but in college, he was known for his explosive nature.
Highlight reel plays were made quite often when Graham was on the floor. Though Sutton did not allow his team to run the floor consistently, Graham still made posters that fans will always remember.
Starting Center: Ivan McFarlin
The most dedicated athlete to ever wear a Cowboy uniform, Ivan McFarlin. Though Andre Williams was a great center for the Pokes, McFarlin had more heart than anyone.
The man was not the most talented player, or the biggest, or strongest, but none of that ever mattered. I-Mac was the work horse for the 03-04 Cowboys, doing all the dirty work.
The fun-loving center never disappointed Cowboy fans or his teammates. He would've played through broken bones if he had too, he was a dedicated friend and teammate.
Bench: Byron Eaton
The hard-nosed running back of a point guard was the leader and instrumental force of the Cowboys run into the NCAA tournament for the first time in his career.
Byron Eaton, though he played a career full of controversy after being the first McDonald's All American to ever come to Oklahoma State, finally grew up his senior year.
New head coach Travis Ford gave his inherited point guard the reins to his high octane offense, and Eaton didn't disappoint.
He carried the Cowboys on his shoulders much of the season, keying the offense through his hands. He willed the Cowboys over Texas and Bedlam rival Oklahoma in the Big XII tournament.
He then single-handedly sent the Tennessee Volunteers packing in the first round of the NCAA tournament after a key and one play with seconds remaining.
Bench: Victor Williams
Victor Williams was the savior every Cowboy fan had asked for. After losing the explosive Maurice Baker, Sutton turned to the young junior and handed him the reigns to the offense.
It paid off. Williams grew up quickly and became the leader nobody had expected. He sent rival Oklahoma packing after sinking a game-winning three in regulation his junior year.
Williams led the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament both his junior and senior year. Though they experienced early exits, no one questioned his effort and leadership.
Bench: JamesOn Curry
JamesOn Curry was a lucky addition to the Cowboys. After having his scholarship rescinded from North Carolina, he fell into the arms of Eddie Sutton.
There was never a doubt that the young man could score, starting half way through the season his freshman year, helping the 04-05 team make it to the Sweet Sixteen.
The lean Curry was explosive offensively, but lacked quality defense to make him the unquestioned leader his sophomore year.
Though his 40-point explosion against Baylor will always be remembered, Curry will always be known as the talented gunner who never made it to the NCAA tournament.
Bench: Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders was the Y2K version of the high flying Desmond Mason. Though he was a better shooter than Mason, he resembled him in every way.
Sanders was the wingman alongside Maurice Baker and Victor Williams. Though he lacked consistent productivity offensively at times, he certainly never needed motivation to play lockdown defense.
Bench: Andre Williams
Though Williams was not on offensive wizard, he still was a productive force. He was a rebounder and defensive stopper for the Cowboys at the turn of the decade.
He would always seem to come up with a big play, either rebound, block, or acrobatic dunk.
Redshirt: Marcus Dove
This was a difficult choice. Dove barely beat out former teammate Terrell Harris mainly because of his constant hustle and defensive work ethic.
Dove played key roles in shutting down players like Adam Morrison and other team's top players. He would always take on that role and he always seemed to give them trouble.
Being 6'9", he also had a long frame and great jumping ability to compete with the bigs for rebounds and blocks.
Dove was famous for his dunks and defense, and he always will be.
Head Coach: Eddie Sutton
The legendary Eddie Sutton came to Stillwater, Okla., preaching defense, and that's exactly what he got.
Over his career at Oklahoma State, Sutton made consistent appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He also won two Big XII Titles and made an appearance in the Final Four.
Sutton has gone down as one of the all-time greats, and his time spent at Oklahoma State will always be remembered for his infamous scowl.
Assistant Coach: Travis Ford
Current head coach Travis Ford makes the assistant coach because of his offensive wizardry. He turned the Cowboy program around immediately, taking them to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.
His high octane offense would fit in perfectly with Sutton's lockdown defense, allowing the team to not only shut down opponents but completely out run them as well.