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Australian Football League squad Collingwood signs former Oklahoma State forward Mason Cox

May 30, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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The athletic career of former Oklahoma State forward Mason Cox featured multiple roles, as he was the women’s basketball team’s “Brittney Griner” in practices as the team prepared to face Baylor before joining the men’s basketball team as a walk-on. The 6-foot-10 Cox played in just 23 games in three seasons as a Cowboy, with 13 of those appearances coming during the 2013-14 season.

However while a professional career on the basketball court may not have been in the cards for Cox, the chance to play in the Australian Football League presented itself last month. And just over a month after it was reported that Cox performed well during the league’s three-day international combine, Collingwood announced that it has signed the big man to a contract.

“It’s a little crazy. I just went on my first trip to Australia and I’ve signed with a team,” he said on collingwoodfc.com.au.

“I’m very excited about getting started and playing and being introduced to all the players.

“It’s going to be tough. Nothing is going to be easy, nothing is going to be given to you. There’s a lot of hard work ahead.”

There will be an adjustment period of sorts for Cox, but that’s something he’s familiar with based upon his path to joining the Oklahoma State program. Cox didn’t play basketball in high school, instead playing soccer all four years and he was also a member of FC Dallas’ Olympic Development Program squad.