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February 28, 2013

Oklahoma State men’s basketball — preview

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McALESTER —

For OSU coach Travis Ford it wasn’t just Williams’ contributions scoring — his first double-digit point performance — but some of the little things the Louisiana native had become known for in his first year of action.
“I thought he looked and played very similar to what he did last year,” Ford said. “Before the game I challenged him to get back to offensive rebounding — last year we could count on him getting two to three offensive rebounds per game — and he wasn’t in the game for 20 seconds and he got his first offensive rebound and got a putback and was fouled on it.
“He was playing with great energy and using his activeness to make things happen. I thought he looked as comfortable out there as he has all year long, and that was good to see.”
Williams said he still feels some lingering effects from the injury that saw his wrist shrink to nearly have its original size while in a cast, but it no longer hinders him during games.
“It’ll get tweaked every now and then when I fall or when somebody hits it,” Williams said. “But my adrenaline pretty much carries me through the pain.”
Though Williams may not be back to 100 percent, having an energy player like him back on the court is definitely playing a positive role for his teammates.
“It’s great seeing him get back in the rhythm of things, grinding it out in practice,” said Cobbins, who came to Stillwater in the same recruiting class as Williams. “I’m just happy for him to be back out there on the court with me and able to do what he loves to do.”
Jason Elmquist is sports editor of The Stillwater NewsPress.

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