The Oklahoma State Cowboys (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) didn’t start the season the way they expected. It had nothing to do with the play on the court. Clearly, the Cowboys have been a solid team all season long despite some issues with their lineup. No, not that it isn’t full of talent–it just wasn’t the one coach Travis Ford imagined.
Guard-Forward Brian Williams was expected to be a starter for the Cowboys. However, an injury to his wrist before the season took that opportunity away from him. Now that Williams is back, Oklahoma State has a full arsenal of players and some extra depth.
Ford couldn’t wait to get Williams back. In fact, now that he is back, Ford can’t wait to sub the sophomore into the game:
“Love Brian Williams. I’m itching to get him in the game usually, because I know he’s going to get a steal, deflection. And he can guard anybody. He can. He can guard anybody on the court.
“And he does it with great energy. And more importantly, he wants to. He loves that role.”
Williams enjoys being a defensive stopper as well. He has fed off of that role since returning and his minutes have increased with every outing(Exception of blowouts). Here is Williams on his new role of “X” factor since returning to the team:
“Yeah, I consider myself that. I just try to come off the bench whenever coach feels he needs me in the game and try to make plays.”
Ford has been using Williams as his primary defensive weapon. Considering there is no free agency or trades in college basketball–getting Williams back now is the amateur equivalent.
Considering the Cowboys had much success without Williams, it is a scary thought to wonder how good they will be with him.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone