Top 5 Cowboy basketball forwards of all time

Liam Oram

Sports Blogger



5. Leroy Combs (played from 1979-82)

Throughout his four years at Oklahoma State, Combs accomplished a lot. His best year at OSU was the 1982-83 season, when he averaged 17.3 points per game. He also led the Cowboys to the 1983 Big 8 championship that year. Combs was the most dominant post forward that the Cowboys had, as he averaged 8.7 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks in his final season.

4. Le’Bryan Nash (2011-14)

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Nash was already a star from the time he was a freshman. He was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2011 and continued to only improve from that point. In his final season, he ended with 17.2 points per game and was the leading scorer on OSU’s team. He was a big help for Marcus Smart as his second in command and has been the best forward that OSU’s recently had.

3. Joey Graham (2003-05)

Although Graham began his college career with UCF, he contributed to some of OSU’s best seasons. In the 2004-05 season, he averaged 15 points per game and led the Big 12 in scoring. He shined the most from beyond the arc with a 3-point percentage of 47.6. In his 2003-04 season, he helped the Cowboys reach the Final Four. Graham garnered second-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 honors in his senior season for his efforts.

2. Desmond Mason (1996-2000)

Mason began his OSU career during the Eddie Sutton era and stayed with the Cowboys for every year of college.  Mason progressively got better through his college career. In his senior season, he averaged 18 points per game and was a first-team All-American. He helped the Cowboys make it to Elite Eight in 2000. During his OSU career, he averaged 13.2 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

1. Byron Houston (1988-92)

In all four years of Houston’s career, he played at a high level. As a freshman, he averaged 13 points per game, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. He saw steady improvement in his college career, as his best year was the 1991-92 season, when he averaged 22.7 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He led the Cowboys to a Sweet 16 appearance in the 1991 NCAA Tournament and a Big 12 title. His biggest award was his 1990-91 Big 8 Player of the Year honor.



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