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The Best Oklahoma State Basketball Players to Wear Each Number (31-99)

A look at the best of the rest in program history, including three three-time All-Americans.



In Part 1, we looked at the best players who wore Nos. 0-30. Now’ we’re going to look at the rest of the program, from 31-99. Yes, 99. Let’s go.

31: Brett Robisch (1996-98)

After two years at Illinois, Robisch transferred to Oklahoma State and had success. He averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game in his two seasons with the Pokes. He made the All-Big 12 second team as a senior.

32: John Starks (1987-88)

Starks has quite the story from different junior colleges to OSU to a 14-year NBA career. Starks was just in Stillwater for a season, but it was an impactful one. He averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game during the 1987-88 season. He was an All-Big Eight selection that year.

Honorable Mention: Leroy Combs, Howard “Skip” Iba

33: Marcus Smart (2012-14)

Smart came to Stillwater as the No. 10 player in the 2012 recruiting class and made an immediate impact. He was a first-team All-American as a freshman, where he averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and three steals a game. He was the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year that season.

He returned for a sophomore season where he was again named an All-American in a season where he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals a game.

Honorable Mention: Marshall Moses

34: Desmond Mason (1996-2000)

A first-team All-American in 2000, Mason was also a three-time All-Big 12 honoree in his four seasons in Stillwater. In his All-American senior season, Mason averaged 18 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

Honorable Mention: Eddie Sutton

35: Byron Houston (1988-92)

The first of the program’s three three-time All-Americans on this list, Houston is one of the program’s unsung heroes.

As a freshman, he was an All-Big Eight honoree when he averaged 13 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.

He averaged a double-double as a sophomore, scoring 18.5 points and ripping down 10 boards a game en route to his first All-American selection.

His best year statistically came as a junior when he scored 22.7 points a game to go with his 10.5 rebounds, where he was again selected as an All-American. He was also the Big Eight’s Player of the Year that season.

As a senior, Houston averaged 20.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, where he was again named an All-American.

Honorable Mention: Joe Adkins

40: Henry “Moe” Iba (1958-62)

Son of legendary coach Henry “Hank” Iba, Moe played under his father. He averaged 10.3 points a game during his 63-game career before following his father’s footsteps as a coach. He coached at Memphis State, Nebraska and TCU.

Moe wore No. 40 and 41 during his time as a player.

41: Joe Atkinson (1981-82, 1983-85)

A two-time All-Big Eight selection, Atkinson had his best season as a junior when he averaged 18 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.

Honorable Mention: Ralph Rasmuson

42: Matt Clark (1978-83)

Clark was a two-time All-Big Eight first teamer. He averaged 14 points a game during his career in Stillwater, with his best season coming as a redshirt sophomore. He averaged 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a game that year.

Honorable Mention: Gary Hassmann

43: Jason Skaer (1994-97)

Three players in the program’s history have worn 43, according to the media guide, and all went on to transfer. Skaer, from Deer Park, Texas, stayed the longest and had an impressive sophomore season. That year, Skaer averaged 8.8 points and six rebounds a game.

44: Doug Gottlieb (1997-2000)

The program’s assist king beats out 1948-49 All-American J.L. Parks for the spot at 44. In just three seasons in orange and black, Gottlieb racked up a program-record 793 assists. That’s 248 more than second-place Byron Eaton.

Gottlieb was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 1998. He was an all-conference selection in all of his three seasons in Stillwater.

Honorable Mention: J.L. Parks

45: Johnny Pittman (1988-91)

In his final season with the Cowboys, Pittman averaged 8.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. He started all 32 games of OSU’s 24-8 season that year.

48: George Freeman (1935-36)

Freeman lettered just one season at Oklahoma A&M, playing for Henry Iba’s second team in Stillwater. The Aggies went 16-8 that year. Freeman was listed as a 5-11, 175-pound guard from Poughkeepsie, Arkansas.

50: Bryant “Big Country” Reeves (1991-95)

The second three-time All-American on this list, Reeves is also the program’s only two-time conference player of the year winning the Big Eight’s honor in 1993 and again in 1995.

As a sophomore, Reeves averaged 19.5 points and 10 rebounds a contest. He upped his point production as a junior, getting it up to 21 points a game, and then he upped it again as a senior to 21.5.

An obscure honor of Reeves is that he was a Playboy preseason All-American entering his junior year.

OSU went 99-37 when Reeves was on campus, and he started 133 of those 136 games.

51: Paul Mullen (1967-71)

Mullen averaged double figures in scoring in two of his three seasons in Stillwater, averaging 10.3 a game in 1969-70 and 11.6 a game the next year. A 6-7, 210-pound center out of Seminole, Mullen also wore No. 52.

52: Mel Wright (1954-57)

An All-American in 1957, Wright averaged 12.2 points a game as a senior. He averaged 10.6 points a game throughout his career and went on the become an eighth-round NBA Draft pick when the Cincinnati Royals selected him in 1957.

53: Dennis Walker (1957-60)

The only player in program history, according to the media guide, to wear No. 53, Walker was a 6-6, 210-pound center from Newton, Kansas. He averaged four points and 2.6 rebounds a game in his three seasons in Stillwater.

54: Bob Kurland (1942-46)

Another three-time All-American, Kurland was voted the outstanding player of the NCAA Tournament in 1945 and 1946 when Oklahoma A&M won back-to-back national championships.

Kurland averaged 19.5 points a game in 1946, ridiculous given the time period. On Feb. 22, 1946, Kurland dropped 58 on St. Louis, a program record for points in a game. Kurland was the national player of the year in ’46.

Kurland is credited as being one of the reasons the goaltending rule was introduced because of his defensive work.

After his time as a collegiate, Kurland won Olympic gold in 1948 and 1952 with Team USA.

Honorable Mention: Arlen Clark

55: Gale McArthur (1948-51)

A 6-2 guard from Mangum, McArthur was a first-team All-American selection in 1951. He was a member of A&M’s Final Four teams in ’49 and ’51. McArthur averaged 11.6 points a game in his All-American senior season.

Honorable Mention: Raymond Crenshaw, Kevin Fitzgerald

60: Jerry Dusenbury (1958-59)

The only player to wear No. 60, Dusenbury was a 5-9, 160-pound guard from Anthony, Kansas.

62: Lorry Meyer (1956-59)

Meyer was a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Oklahoma City. He is the only player to wear 62. He also wore 35.

64: Larry Sullivan (1958-59)

The only player to wear 64, Sullivan was a 6-1, 185-pound guard from Dale, Oklahoma.

65: A.L. Bennett (1942-43, 1945-48)

Twice an All-American, Bennett was on the 1946 national championship team, where he scored six points in A&M’s 43-40 victory against Kentucky in the title game.

He was an All-American as a junior and senior before becoming the first player in program history to be taken in the NBA Draft when the Providence Steam Rollers took him in 1948.

Honorable Mention: Joe Pitts

66: Vernon Yates (1942-43, 1947-49)

Four players have worn 66 with Yates being the latest. Yates gets the nod over the other three as he lettered three times whereas Cleo Dobson, Herschel Linn and Bob Rogers all lettered twice.

77: Blake Williams (1944-48)

Five players have worn 77 in OSU’s history, and they’re the only players in program history to wear a number in the 70s. Williams gets the nod ahead of the others, as he lettered on both of A&M’s national championship teams. Williams was a 6-2 guard from Lawton. He also wore No. 20 in his career.

80: Joe Halbert (1944-48)

A four-year letterman and two-time national champ, Halbert was a 6-7 center from Throckmorton, Texas.

82: Bill Barringer (1935-38)

One of only two players to wear No. 82, Barringer was a 6-3 center from Brookland, Arkansas.

84: Scott Ross (1935-36-0)

Two players wore No. 84 and neither lettered. Ross, a 5-11 forward from St. Joseph, Missouri, gets the nod at No. 84 for him entering OSU and being from the same town as our next selection.

85: Merle Rousey (1935-37)

Rousey was an All-American in 1937. Rousey played a year at Colorado under Henry Iba before following Iba to A&M. He led the 1936-37 team in scoring with 142 total points (6.1 per game). He was a two-time All-Missouri Valley first-team selection.

88: Bob Harris (1946-49)

A Tennessee native, Harris was an All-American in 1949. He led A&M in scoring as a junior and senior. He averaged 11.7 points a game as a senior. He was the third overall pick in the 1949 NBA Draft by Fort Wayne.

90: Bob Kurland (1942-46)

For all the reasons that had him as our selection as the program’s best No. 54, Kurland is also a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honoree. He was enshrined in 1961. He also had a solid nickname of “Foothills.”

91: Joe Halbert (1944-48)

Another two-jersey selection, Halbert gets this spot above a few others for being a two-time national champ.

95: Norman Pilgrim (1947-51)

Pilgrim was a 5-10 forward from Stillwater. He lettered in three seasons.

99: Bill Barringer (1935-38)

Our final two-jersey selection, Barringer was a first-team All-Missouri Valley selection in 1937. He made the second team the next season.

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