Each week, more and more college football games continue to get postponed or canceled, and with the basketball season a little more than a month away, COVID-19 still has control of the world.
The Oklahoma State basketball team started practice on Wednesday, but the team isn’t worried about any cancellations.
“I really don’t think about it at all,” freshman Cade Cunningham said. “I don’t know when we’ll play, I know I have practice (Wednesday) and I know I have practice (Thursday). That’s the only thing that’s on my schedule, that’s the only thing I’m worried about right now.”
Coach Mike Boynton said the most important part of the season is not getting flustered by the small things that can happen. Getting flustered by things out of the team’s control could cause a team to lose games that it wouldn’t normally lose.
“If you get flustered because you lose a player for a game, you have to have a postponement or for instance we are going to bus up to Lincoln, (Nebraska), that’s not something we normally do,” Boynton said. “If those are things you get frustrated by, it's going to be a hard time enjoying this and you have to enjoy it to have success. I guess to answer the question, we don't really worry about it, we just look at what is in front of us from a day to day standpoint.”
Winning a title in basketball is a difficult task in a non-pandemic year, but in a year where a team could miss key players for up to 14 days, it presents an even bigger challenge.
“The virus is in control of everything right now,” Boynton said. “No one is wanting to cancel games, it’s just a fact of life right now that we’ve got to be ready to adjust and deal with. In my mind, I’m not sure the most talented team will win the National Championship this year. They could, i’m not saying that they wouldn’t because most of the time the teams with the most talent have the most success if they can put it all together.”
For seniors this season, it is their last year to try and prove themselves for the NBA or other professional leagues, but with no games guaranteed, it makes it that much harder to try and be seen by scouts.
Graduate transfer Ferron Flavors Jr. is just focused on the now and won’t change his approach to the season with a dark cloud casted of the season.
“I wouldn’t say it’s changed it at all. I’m pretty motivated,” Flavors said. “The guys, we’re all motivated. Especially this being my last year, I’m just going to go out and give it 110% every time I’m on the court. That’s all I’m concerned about right now.”