OSU basketball: Isaac Likekele expected to play against Southeastern Louisiana
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State is getting a big boost on the basketball court as nonconference play comes to a close.
Star point guard Isaac Likekele is back.
Likekele was a full participant in Cowboys practices this week after missing the past month with an undisclosed illness. He’s expected to play against Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“I feel great,” Likekele told The Oklahoman on Friday. “I feel better than ever. I’m ready to get back out there. I’m excited.”
He could start Sunday, but it’s likely that his minutes are limited. The main goal is to get Likekele on the path to being his early season self on Saturday, Jan. 4, when OSU plays at Texas Tech to open Big 12 games.
“Everybody’s body responds differently,” OSU coach Mike Boynton told The Oklahoman. “It’s still good to see him back out there. His conditioning looks better than I thought it would, but it’s also not a game.”
Likekele has developed into a star for OSU (8-3). The sophomore from Arlington, Texas, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.9 steals.
In seven games with Likekele, the Cowboys are undefeated. They were coming off a triumphant NIT Season Tip-Off championship game in Brooklyn on Nov. 29 when he became ill. He missed the next four games, and OSU went 1-3.
But exactly a month after his last game, Likekele is back on the court.
“I’ll be happy to step back on the court for even 30 seconds,” Likekele said. “I gotta shake off some rust somehow.”