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Unsung Hero: Texas and Baylor

Moving from football, now time to focus on basketball.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout football season, we picked one player a week that had a good game, or had a significant impact on the game, but did not a lot of recognition. Now, our focus will shift to basketball season and during conference play, we will pick one player a week to be our unsung hero for the Cowboy basketball team.

This was a tough week for the Pokes, losing two close games on the road to Baylor and Texas. Oklahoma State starts conference play 0-3, but is showing signs of life that the future of Cowboy basketball is bright. Jeffrey Carroll has had an tremendous impact all season, and this week was no exception. He was the Cowboys’ leading scorer against Texas with 24 points, and added 14 against Baylor. Phil Forte broke out of his shooting slump against Baylor, shooting 5-7, including two threes that he shot from Frisco and Houston. There was one player, however, that also had a big impact on the game, but did not get the press for it.

This week, Cameron McGriff is my unsung hero.

NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational-Oklahoma State at Connecticut Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

He had 6 points in each game, added 3 rebounds against Texas, and 5 against Baylor. As a freshman (like most of the Cowboy freshman) he is playing significant minutes. He only played 17 minutes against Texas, mostly due to foul trouble. But, against Baylor he played 24 minutes as the rim protector for Brad Underwood when Lucas N’Guessan and Mitchell Solomon were in foul trouble (but what else is new). If McGriff can continue to mature as a player on both ends of the floor, the Cowboys could have one of the best players in the Big 12 on their hands, and he will be fun to watch, especially with his thunderous dunks. I look forward to seeing how McGriff continues to develop in a Cowboy uniform.