Though Candley, whose dad and mom are 6'5" and 6'2", respectively, has been big for as long as he can remember—in fifth grade, he was 6'6" and wore a size 17 shoe—nobody at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, knew exactly how big he was as a freshman in 1996 until he stepped on the scale at the local Texas Transportation Department truck weighing station. Since tipping that scale at 430 pounds, Candley has lost weight with regular treadmill work and emerged as a player with Big 12 potential.
Last year, using what Panola coach Rennie Bailey calls "the softest hands on a big guy you'll ever see," Candley shot 54.0% and averaged 175 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Though Candley did all that while carrying those 388 pounds, Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton is expecting him to melt further, to at least 335 by the fall. "You've heard of big-man projects?" says Sutton. "I'd say he's a really big project. He's got a lot of hard work ahead of him, that's for sure."
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