Three Stars of The Day
Continuing a new daily feature on Collegehoops.net, the Three Stars of the day. We handpick the best performances of the day, whether it be stat lines that make you drool, or clutch performances. Either way, its our way of showing the love:
Oklahoma State Cowboys
According to the Tulsa World, Oklahoma State junior guard JamesOn Curry is leaning towards returning to the Cowboys for his senior season, rather than stay in the NBA Draft. He declined an interview request from them, but indicated through an OSU sports information spokesman that he is leaning toward coming back to school. The third-team All-Big 12 selection averaged 17.3 points and 3.7 assists per game last season. He is not projected to be drafted by most mock drafts.
Oklahoma State junior guard JamesOn Curry has announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft. However, he is not expected to hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Cowboys for his senior season. "It's a win-win situation,” Curry told The Daily Oklahoman. "I'm going to be motivated to go out and play and have them tell me what I need to work on.” Coach Sean Sutton supported the decision. “JamesOn and I have visited on several occasions about whether or not to enter his name into the NBA Draft,” he said. “Rules are in place now so that student-athletes can go through the process of the pre-draft workouts and can make an informative and educated decision on whether or not to keep their name in the draft.” Curry is projected to be drafted in the late second-round or go undrafted. He averaged 17.3 points and 3.7 assists this past season.
According to the Stillwater NewsPress, Oklahoma State sophomore guard Terrel Harris was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of possession of false identification and obstructing an officer. "We're obviously disappointed," Cowboys coach Sean Sutton said in a statement. "We're looking into the matter and we'll address it." Harris averaged 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this past season.
These guys might not be the stars of their teams.. but players like Tyrese Rice, JamesOn Curry, and Martin Zeno put up numbers with the best of them.
Ohio State's won 12 in a row, but are they really getting better? I envisioned them not only being a grind-it-out, half-court team that beats you 65 to 55.. but also a team that if they were hot offensively would beat you 85 to 55. Oden's quietly putting up 16, 10, and almost 4 blocks per game.. but no one's been exceptional on offense. Luckily no team in the Big Ten can really score the ball this year, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against good teams that push the tempo in March.
Oklahoma State's tumble continues (5 of 6 losses).. getting rocked at home by Texas A&M last night. Its too early to say the Cowboys are done, because they have winnable games left (at Texas Tech, vs Kansas State, at Baylor, at Nebraska).. but they need to get a move on. If they win those 4 and end up 23-8 and 9-7 in the Big 12.. they'll be in the Dance.
I'm writing today's Dribble in the middle of what has already been a rather exciting day.
#1 Florida fell earlier to unranked Vanderbilt. A week or so back I wrote a Dribble about how the top 10 teams would fare the rest of the season. I predicted the Gators would fall at either LSU or Tennessee, but they'd easily get by the Dores. Well, I was completely wrong on that one. Vandy's two stars, Shan Foster and Derrick Byars, each brought their A games against last year's champions. The two combined for 48 points on 20 of 35 shooting. Vandy was 35th in the AP voting last week and should move up substantially after the big win.