OSU basketball: Yor Anei's foul troubles return
STILLWATER — For all the positive steps Yor Anei took the past year on the basketball court, he’s reverted back to an old troubling form the past week.
Oklahoma State’s sophomore center cannot stay out of foul trouble.
“I thought he had passed that, to be perfectly honest,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said. “It’s kind of been a step back for him here in the last couple games, because all of his fouls weren’t just trying to block shots.”
The 6-foot-10 Anei is one of the nation’s top shot blockers. But in Sunday’s loss to Wichita State, he was held to just less than 12 minutes on the floor. In Wednesday’s loss to Georgetown, he played just shy of 18 minutes.
He also fouled out after sitting the majority of the first half in both games.
But it’s not all about his desire to block shots. Boynton said Anei was caught out of position at times. He also had some fouls Boynton labeled as “unnecessary.”
Anei’s teammates expect him to bounce back when OSU travels to Houston on Sunday. Last season, Anei did after facing the same issues early.
“It’s instincts,” senior Cam McGriff said. “That takes over a lot of times, which is fine. You guys praise him when he blocks all the shots, but you want to kill him when he jumps for everything. It’s just a double-edged sword.
“It’s just up to him. I know he’s a good enough player to bounce back and make the right adjustments.”