Always had a hard time thinking as 2014-15 as a rebuilding season for the OSU men’s basketball team. After all, I wasn’t sure the program had improved wins-wise enough in recent years to really take much of a fall and need to be rebuilt.
Well, in wake of Monday’s news that sophomore guard Hallice Cook is reportedly transferring from OSU, it definitely appears that next season is going to be a long season for the Beavers. Not that it was looking particularly good with the loss of its four top players: Roberto Nelson, Angus Brandt, Devon Collier, and Eric Moreland.
But now OSU’s hopes for the future have taken a serious hit. Cooke was one of the lone bright spots for the Beavers this past season, outside of the aforementioned players. He showed good athleticism, a solid mid-range jumper, and a certain scrappiness to him.
In fact, I was counting on him to be the Beavers’ go-to-guy on offense next season, with the hopes that Gary Payton Jr. would take on more of the distributing duties. But those hopes have been dashed.
Simply put, for the Beavers to have a chance next season, Langston Morris-Walker and Malcolm Duvivier are going to have to step up big time. Or incoming recruits such as Chai Baker and Isaiah Manderson need to be impact players.
It’s hard to blame Cooke for his decision if he was homesick or wanted to play for more competitive program, but one has to wonder if this is a sign of a larger problem. Because Cooke is passing up a chance to be the MAN at OSU next season, and that’s hard for any talented player such as Cooke to do,
It begs the question, has Coach Robinson lost his team before the season has even started? (RW)