Cam McGriff, Lindy Waters and Thomas Dziagwa scored 53 percent of the Cowboys’ points last season.
McGriff and Waters led Oklahoma State with 12.3 and 12.2 point per game, respectively, and it was a struggle at times for OSU to find scoring past its three starting juniors. There isn’t too much saying it won’t be McGriff and Waters leading the way for the OSU offense again in 2019-20, but the Cowboys have depth this upcoming year that should open up more offensive options. Let’s take a look at some guys who look the most likely to the the Cowboys’ No. 3 offensive option this upcoming season.
1. Thomas Dziagwa: Dziagwa was the Cowboys’ third-leading scorer last year, scoring 11.7 points per game. Unsurprisingly, many of Dziagwa’s points came from behind the arc. He made 3.3 3s a game, and 315 of his 375 points last season were from deep. Lacking depth, the Cowboys needed Dziagwa to get shots up, and his 247 3-point attempts were 93 more than Lindy Waters’ attempts, who was second on the team.
Dziagwa will benefit from OSU’s newfound depth this season, but his numbers will probably take a dip because he 1: won’t have to play 32 minutes a game, and 2: the OSU offense will have other options to go through. He made 43 percent of his triples last season, which is already good, but with teams having to scout more players, it might free him up to get off more open shots this season. The NCAA is moving the 3-point line out this season, but Dziagwa already puts them up from the logo.
2. Isaac Likekele: Likekele showed an ability to fill it up when needed in his freshman season. He was a force in OSU’s games at West Virginia and at Baylor, scoring 23 points in both games, and both of those games were OSU victories.
Moving out the 3-point line should be a benefit to Likekele’s game. A ball-handling guard who is at his best when driving to the basket, Likekele will have more space to get to the rim.
3. Yor Anei: It’s a shame OSU’s season ended when it because Anei was on a ridiculous streak. In the Cowboys’ final three games of last season, Anei averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and seven blocks a game. Anei scored a career-high 20 points at TCU on Feb. 6, where he was 7-for-7 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.
After the Cam McGriff School of Hard Knocks Anei went through last summer, he has only gotten better. At 6-10 with a ridiculous wingspan, Anei’s potential seems limitless, as well.
4. Marcus Watson: As the class’ top recruit, Watson probably brings in the most hype around him among OSU’s newcomers, and rightly so. Watson enters the summer before his freshman season at 6-6, 210. That’s just an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter the McGriff, who is quite the specimen.
From watching high school and AAU highlights, it looks like Watson can do it all, but he seems particularly comfortable going to the basket. He has incredible athleticism with a nice jumper for defenders who try to play off him.
If I was forced to pick someone that ascends to the Cowboys’ No. 3 option on offense in 2019-20, I think I’d go with Anei. The naked eye could see him get better game by game, culminating in his dominant performances at the end of last season.
One of the other freshmen or grad transfer Jonathan Laurent could also surprise some people. It’s just hard to say without a Big 12 season of evidence to support that claim.