The Stillwater Stars may have come up short in the first appearance in The Basketball Tournament, but general managers Jeff Barr and Caleb Surly are already looking for players to be on the roster for the 2021 event.
The Stars roster was supposed to be filled with former OSU basketball standouts, but due to injuries and a couple of positive COVID-19 tests, the roster was gutted, leaving only seven total players.
The same day the Stars fell to Team Brotherly Love they went to Twitter to try and recruit former Cowboy standout Jawun Evans for the 2021 event. What other additions could the team make to take it to the next level?
Brown was a late scratch from the roster due to an ankle injury. Having a talented and experienced player on the floor would have benefitted the Stars in many ways. Brown carries NBA experience and a solid all-around game. Pairing him with Le’Bryan Nash would be electric to watch.
Cobbins was another late scratch from the 2020 squad with no reason given. The absence of Cobbins was felt in the Stars TBT matchup against team Brotherly Love. Having a lengthy center such as Cobbins on the roster would be a big mismatch for other teams. Size was the biggest factor in the Stars loss in Round 1. Adding a big-time center would put this team over the bar.
For the same reason as Cobbins, Solomon would provide the Stars with much needed length, interior scoring and defense. The Stars had only one small forward and one center on the roster as the other five members were guards. Solomon is best known for his game saving dive against Trae Young and Oklahoma. He is a fan favorite and fun to watch. Although Solomon coming back to basketball is a long shot, he would be fun to watch.
Although Hammonds is listed and plays as a guard, he is 6-foot-7 and someone who could guard the bigger opponents. Hammonds is electric to watch and would provide much-needed depth on a thin team. Hammonds was a 41% shooter from the field during his time at OSU and shot 32% from beyond the arc. Hammonds most recently played in Poland during the 2019-20 season where he averaged 8.5 points per game. Hammonds would be a great addition alongside Nash.