No. 3: The Freshman
This freshman class will do great things for OSU basketball one day, but we must be patient with them. Averette, Waters, and N’Guessan all played more than 10 minutes and all had good moments and bad ones. Waters hit a huge 3 to stop a Kansas run in the second half but also had two bad turnovers and was even called for a flagrant 1 late in the game. Averette had the most positive impact on the game out of the Cowboy’s freshman as he played 15 minutes without a turnover. We need more from N’Guessan but what we need from him isn’t something he is capable of at the moment. He’s just too skinny right now, he gets pushed around in the paint sometimes and ends up fouling when he can’t defend a bigger player. Yes all of the freshman have struggled and will continue to have growing pains, this class seems to have that “it” factor that is so important in sports. Lindy Waters three that I previously mentioned was a big boy shot, and he will continue to improve through conference play. As will the rest of the freshman. Underwood is setting the Cowboys up for big things in the future by throwing so many freshman into the fire this year. Trust the process.