5. Cecil Hankins (played from 1942-46)
Hankins was a true multisport athlete during his tenure at Oklahoma A&M. Running track and playing halfback for the football team, Hankins also became a dominant player on the court in Henry Iba’s offense. He and Bob Kurland led the Aggies to become the NCAA’s first back-to-back tournament champions in 1945 and 1946.
In his senior season, Hankins averaged a career-high 13.3 points. At a time when college basketball scores barely surpassed 50 points in a game, Hankins was dominant on the court.
4. Jawun Evans (2015-17)
Teams such as Cincinnati and Texas highly recruited Evans, but he ultimately chose OSU as his home. In his freshman season for the Cowboys, Evans put up a miraculous 42 points in a close 74-72 loss against No. 2 Oklahoma. Evans missed a month of basketball due to a shoulder injury, but he ended his freshman season averaging almost 13 points and five assists, winning the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award.
In his sophomore season, Evans’s points per game jumped to 19.2, and he dished out 6.2 assists per game. Evans was a key factor in OSU’s NCAA tournament berth. Evans earned Big 12 first-team honors and was a third-team All-American.
3. Marcus Smart (2012-14)
After the Cowboys went 15-18 in the 2011-12 season, the Cowboys heavily recruited Marcus Smart to help them. Smart visited OSU and North Carolina, and he ultimately chose to become a Cowboy. Smart became a dominant player on offense as he averaged 15.4 points and dished out more than four assists per game. On defense, Smart became one of the toughest guards in the nation. Smart averaged almost six rebounds and three steals per game. Smart became the Big 12 Player of the Year his freshman year.
Smart continued his dominance during his sophomore season, raising his points per game to 18. He almost mirrored every stat he accomplished his freshman year. Smart helped the Cowboys reach two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
2. Tony Allen (2002-04)
After two years of junior college, Allen transferred to OSU and had an immediate effect on the Cowboys. Allen’s junior year saw him average 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while he started in 28 games. Allen led the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the second round.
Allen decided to return for his senior season and accomplished great feats for team. His points per game jumped 16 points, and he added 2.1 steals and 3.1 assists. OSU ended the season as the regular-season conference champion and won the Big 12 tournament championship with Allen as Big 12 Player of the Year.
The Cowboys continued their hot streak in the NCAA tournament. The team dominated opponents on to the regional finals and edged out No. 1 St. Joseph’s to move to the Final Four. Allen led the Cowboys in a close Final Four game against Georgia Tech, as OSU lost by only two points.
1. James Anderson (2007-10)
Anderson had a historic career for the Cowboys and started all but two games in his three seasons. In his freshman season, Anderson led OSU with 13.3 points per game and was a second team All-Big 12 player. In his second season, Anderson raised his scoring average to 18.2 points per game and averaged 5.2 rebounds. He became a main focus of the Cowboys’ squad as he led them to an NCAA Tournament spot.
Anderson’s junior season put him into OSU’s record books. He became one of the best players in the country. In 33 games, Anderson averaged 22.3 points per game. He ended his OSU career as Big 12 Player of the Year and was an consensus second-team All-American. Anderson ended with 1,811 career points and 17.9 points per game, second all-time for points per game at OSU and first among Cowboy guards.