Stillwater, Okla. — Nick Sidorakis, a senior on Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Basketball team, has been named a team captain for the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by head coach Travis Ford.
“Nick has done an outstanding job since the end of this past season in stepping up as a team leader,” Ford said. “He has done a terrific job of leading the team both vocally and in leading by his actions. He has been handed this honor deservedly.”
Sidorakis, a native of Jenks, Okla., has played a major role in OSU’s resurgence on the basketball court. As a freshman, the Cowboys missed the Tournament for the third-consecutive season. Now, entering his senior year, the Pokes have made back-to-back Tournament appearances.
Ford said he is still looking for one or two more players to step up and prove that they desire a captain’s role. Not only do they need to be someone who leads by example, but they also need to speak up and be vocal when leading the team.
“We’re looking for someone who holds himself accountable, as well as someone who motivates and holds others accountable,” Ford said. “We’re looking forward to possibly naming one or two others who could show these same qualities.”
Three of the first four captains during Ford’s tenure have been seniors. Byron Eaton and Terrel Harris were selected by Ford and his staff during his initial season in 2008-09, and last year, Obi Muonelo and junior James Anderson took on those roles.
“The team captain certainly doesn’t have to be a senior,” Ford said. “Nick is a senior, but he has proven to us that he’s willing to not only lead by example, but to speak up and be a solid leader vocally. We need another player to do the same thing and join Nick as a team captain.”