The Cowboys and Cowgirls showcased their talents for the first time this 2012-13 season during OSU’s Homecoming & Hoops celebration on Friday night. Of course, the score is barely kept and the athletes barely play defense. But that doesn’t mean it’s too early to have some fun and give out the “Best of Homecoming & Hoops 2012.”
Here we go:
Cowgirls: Black: 26 Orange: 25
Best lay-in: Freshman guard Brittney Martin. The star of the 2012 recruiting class drove hard to the basket at the 6:25 mark and finished with a nice lefty hook off the backboard. She has a real chance to make an immediate impact this season.
Best deep ball: Sophomore forward Liz Donohoe. She showed her versatility that earned her Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors last season with two 3-pointers, her first coming at the 3:28 mark. She also had some nice drives to the hoop. Could be the Cowgirls' most dominant all-around player.
Biggest surprise: Junior center Kendra Suttles. At the 5:45 mark, Suttles pulled up from behind the 3-point line and drained it. Suttles will see extended time in the paint this season, so we won’t see too many long-range points from her. Last year, she shot .280 from 3-point land.
The leader: Senior forward Toni Young. Young led the Cowgirls with 12 points and should do the same nearly all season. If Young can remain healthy, she has a legitimate shot to be an All-Big 12 player.
Cowboys: Orange: 26 Black: 21
Best dunk: Junior guard Markel Brown. This was a case of pick your poison. Brown had a number of nice dunks, including a nice lob from Christien Sager for the slam. But the winner came with 3:60 remaining when Brown had a solo 360 dunk. This guy is scary athletic, and with a developed 3-point shot, could be an All-Big 12 caliber player.
Best deep ball: Sophomore Alex Budke. This one was easy. Budke, Kurt Budke’s son, scored his first points in front of a large crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena with a clean 3-pointer at the 4:12 mark. The walk-on should inspire the Cowboys and the OSU community this season.
Biggest surprise: Freshman guards Marcus Smart and Phil Forte. Forte and Smart combined for zero points on zero shots. They both sat out with illness. Nothing serious, but it was disappointing not being able to see a glimpse of their talent on Friday night. Cowboys’ fans will have to wait to see what the duo has to offer.
The leader: Junior guard Markel Brown. This wasn’t clear cut, because of a laid–back performance from all the Cowboys, but Brown was most impressive. He led the Cowboys with 10 points and four assists. Brown will be known for much more than just high-flying dunks this season.