Before the season, Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton said Hidde Roessink could make a case for the best shooter on the team.
Roessink, a freshman from the Netherlands, received a chance to prove Boynton’s claim on Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Roessink tied for leading scorer in the Cowboys’ 75-63 victory against Rogers State.
RSU scored the first basket, but it was the only time the Cowboys trailed the whole game.
The Hillcats gave OSU problems early in the game, namely in the rebounding department. There were times where the Cowboys’ big men were getting bullied and boxed out in the paint.
However, the Cowboys quickly made up for it and took an early lead.
Roessink got his first taste of action four minutes into the game. He joined fellow freshmen Avery Anderson III, Chris Harris Jr. and Kalib and Keylan Boone on the court.
Boyton said he was pleased with the freshmen’s performances while on the court at the same time.
“I quite honestly thought our younger guys played better in a lot of areas than our older guys,” Boynton.
Roessink missed his first career shot but quickly made up for it with a jump hook a minute later.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward continued to shine late in the half and made three shots, including two 3-pointers in the final four minutes.
Forward Cameron McGriff said Roessink brings a lot of versatility to the game.
“He definitely can affect the game in many ways,” McGriff said. “He can step out and shoot it, as you can see, and put the ball on the floor at his size. It’s very rare. There’s definitely a different type of skillset.”
Kalib Boone also showed off his talents to the OSU crowd in the block department. The freshman was a big threat defensively in the paint and rejected almost every shot that came his way.
Kalib finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds and six blocks.
Roessink continued to grab many minutes in the second half. Boynton said he played the younger guys more by design.
Roessink only added three points in the second half, all of which came from the foul line.
Boynton got Roessink in a few pick-and-roll situations during the game. Every time Roessink set the pick, he was immediately open for the 3-point shot.
“He’s gonna be a really, really good player of all time here,” Boynton said.
Roessink tied Kalib in scoring with 13 and added five rebounds.
The Cowboys started to pull away early in the second half. At one point, OSU went on a 20-6 run.
Although they were down throughout the game, the Hillcats competed fiercely until the final buzzer. RSU out-rebound the Cowboys 38-36, including 11 offensive rebounds.
That says a lot for a team that only started practicing three weeks ago.
No, that number was not a typo.
Hillcats head coach Justin Barkley said RSU started practicing as a team on Oct. 15.
Four Cowboys finished the game scoring in double figures. Kalib was surprised when he looked at the stat sheet after the game and saw his teammates’ point totals.
“It shows that we’re really versatile,” Kalib said. “No matter whose making shots, anybody else can go off and get double digits too.”
Every freshman brought their own different skillset in Friday’s victory. In just one night, Cowboy fans saw the potential Roessink has to become a great scorer this season.
“(Roessink’s) really, really skilled,” Boynton said. “He’s got a really good feel for the game.”