Top-5 Cowboy basketball centers of all time

Joseph Fazio

Staff Reporter

@JosephDFazio

 

5. Andy Hopson (played 1972-75)

The 1970s were a difficult time for the Oklahoma State basketball team. The old days of coach Henry Iba leading the Cowboys to victory were finished. Over the course of the decade, no Cowboys’ season went over .500. In 1972, Andy Hopson wanted to bring back the old Cowboys. Hopson was devastating down low. At 6-foot-8, he bullied opposing players in the paint, averaging almost 14 rebounds in his freshman year. Hopson complimented that with 10 points per game. He continued that in his 78-game career. Hopson ended his career in 1975, averaging 10 points and 13.1 rebounds. In the Cowboy low years, Hopson was one of OSU’s greatest treasures.

4. Ivan McFarlin (2001-05)

During his career as a Cowboy, Ivan McFarlin had to bump with other teams’ centers. Standing at 6-foot-8, McFarlin averaged almost 30 minutes per game in his career as OSU’s lone big man on the court. McFarlin didn’t let his smaller size for a center back him down, though. McFarlin averaged more than10 points per game in every season of his four-year standout career at OSU. McFarlin was a helping hand for the Cowboys, making the NCAA Tournament all four years of his career.

3. Bob Mattick (1952-54)

Standing at 6-foot-11, Bob Mattick was likely compared to Oklahoma A&M legend Bob Kurland, who competed six years earlier. Mattick didn’t disappoint and was an early playmaker for the Aggies. He led the Aggies to back-to-back Final Four appearances. In both tournaments, he received NCAA All-Regional honors. Mattick ended his senior season averaging almost 21 points and was the true leader of the Aggies’ basketball team.

2. Bob Kurland (1942-46)

Bob Kurland was the pivotal player in coach Henry Iba’s squad that won back-to-back national championships. In Kurland’s senior campaign, he led the Cowboys to a 12-0 record in conference play. He also averaged 19.5 points that season. Kurland ended his Aggie career as a three-time All-American and a two-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

1. Bryant Reeves (1991-95)

Courtesy of OSU Athletics

Honestly, could anyone else top this list? Kurland is great at second place but doesn’t compare to the sheer dominance Bryant Reeves had on the court. Reeves, also known as “Big Country,” is OSU’s only two-time Big 8 Player of the Year. Averaging almost 22 points his senior year, Reeves was the driving force behind OSU’s NCAA Tournament run. After losing to UCLA in the national semifinal, Reeves was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Reeves ended his OSU career averaging more than 17 points per game and almost nine rebounds.

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