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Blog: How Kalib Boone’s emergence has helped lift the Cowboys

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Kalib Boone

Kalib Boone during Oklahoma State's 75-67 win over Texas Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Photo Courtesy: Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics

Any Cowboy basketball fan has heard the name Kalib Boone many times this season. The sophomore forward has taken his game to a whole new level, while also making it exciting to watch. Whether it is catching an alley-oop and throwing it down or showing off his moves in the post, there are times where Boone has looked incredible.

Averaging 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game this season, it seems like Boone has been the extra piece the Cowboys have needed. While he has nearly doubled his points and rebounds per game from last season, Boone has also shot an incredible 66% from the field and leads the team in blocks. To be put simply, Kalib Boone is not the same player from last season.

So what does this mean for the Cowboys?

Well considering the team this year has talent all over the floor, you may not realize how much of an impact he really has. On a team where having a big man inside has been an issue, we have seen Boone take that next step to be the guy down low.

He gives the Cowboys more of a presence in the paint, fighting for those tough rebounds and putting the ball back up every chance he gets.

While he may not be the biggest guy on the court every game, he has also developed some nice moves in the post. Using the spin move to get around the defender and slam home an emphatic dunk has been something we have all gotten used to seeing from Boone this season.

One of the biggest reasons for the success of Boone this season has been his willingness to embrace his role as a big man. He has added a little more weight while also relying on his athletic ability to help him down low. Embracing his role down low has helped take his game to a whole new level, while also giving the Cowboys that extra boost they needed.