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High Noon Highlights: Cowboy Basketball players undergo transformations

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Cowboy Basketball player undergo transformations:

Kentravious Jones has 100 percent bought into Cowboy Basketball’s strength and conditioning program. Along with that, he’s also under a nutrition plan.

“I came from Georgia where everybody loves fried chicken and stuff like that,” said Jones when asked about the biggest change he made this summer. “But Jake [Manzelmann] ended up telling me, ‘If you want to be great and want to be next level, then you have to eat the right things, keep your body in shape and do a lot of running.’” While the buzz around Jones’ body change has reached far and wide, Likekele and Demuth’s improvements are not to be overlooked.

Apparently Jones isn’t the only one who has gotten into shape. Issac Likekele and Duncan Demuth have also undergone transformations.

Likekele, who is affectionately known as “Ice”, has completely transformed his 6-4 frame to help him better matchup with Big 12 wing competition this upcoming season. There was more than just one thing that Likekele noticed a change in when it came to his body. ”It was my body fat, leaning up and gaining muscle,” Likekele said. “I came in 223 [pounds] and now I’m sitting at 202 [pounds]. I feel like I’m moving faster and more agile. I’m seeing a difference in the physical style of play.” After cutting more than 20 pounds this offseason, Likekele cut his body fat percentage down from 14 percent to seven and a half percent. However, he says he is not done: Likekele still wants to see himself get down to six percent body fat.

Just take a look at these pictures:

Oklahoma State is playing two of the top 5 corners in the Big 12...great:

PFF has rated Duke Shelley and AJ Parker with the fourth and fifth best grades for corners in the Big 12. Shelley earned a 76.1 and Parker a 73.2. That’s got to make you feel confident about this weekend right?

This Dear Faux Pelini letter is awesome:

Dear Faux Pelini,

I’m upset with Mike Gundy. After several key Oklahoma State players left for the NFL a rebuild seemed inevitable, so I shifted my focus to tailgating with friends. The problem is Gundy wants to keep playing a senior instead of a freshman at QB even though we are out of contention. This is kind of annoying.

Ben M.

Hey Ben,

I get it, losing seasons suck.

It’s fine to be frustrated during a year like this. Good, even. Frustrated fans push a program to get better.

But you are losing track of your place in the OSU universe. Your job as a fan is to support, enjoy and endure. That’s it.

Winning is easy, losing is not. When things turn bad for Oklahoma State for a year or two, you’re entitled to deal with the games however you want. You’ve earned that right. Watch them, skip them, tailgate and go home, whatever. This year, it’s your job to support and endure however you choose to do so.

Gundy has a different role. His job is to maximize Oklahoma State’s winning, both in the short term and long term. If he believes the team is better off playing a senior instead of a freshman in 2018, trust that he has his reasons. Maybe he’s sending a message to his players and recruits; maybe he’s keeping a promise you don’t know about; maybe the freshman isn’t ready. You don’t have the information Gundy has, because coaching is not your role in the OSU ecosystem.

By the way, what about this senior QB? It’s not all his fault that the losing is happening. He worked for four years to get to this point, and now he’s supposed to sit down and let an 18-year-old play because Ben in Tailgate Lot #5 is frustrated?

Do your job, Ben, and let Gundy do his. You’d be annoyed if Gundy called you out for putting too much celery in your Bloody Mary, so don’t tell him who he should play at quarterback. He knows his team from the inside, you know it from the outside.