NCAA denies Oklahoma St appeal, Cowboys get postseason ban
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (Charlie Neibergall)The NCAA upheld a one-year postseason ban and other penalties against the Oklahoma State men's basketball program on Wednesday. Oklahoma State was eligible for the postseason last year while appealing, and the Cowboys went 21-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with eventual No. The NCAA said Wednesday it had “confirmed the level of the violation that occurred.” Oklahoma State also will have scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. After last season, coach Mike Boynton received a seven-year contract extension that increased his compensation to $3 million annually. He has a 72-58 record in four years at Oklahoma State, and the program has steadily improved on his watch.wftv.com
Oklahoma St. freshman Cunningham breaking out late in season
He scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 10 minutes, and the Cowboys won 79-75. Cunningham’s grasp of how to be most effective is the main reason Oklahoma State is one of the nation’s hottest teams. After he made 12 of 21 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws in the first game against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said the race to determine the top pick in this year's NBA draft should be over. He took just four shots in the second half of a win over Iowa State. “I’m not getting paid by any team, I’m not under -- my rights as a player are not under any (NBA) team.
Cunningham scores 40, Oklahoma St tops No. 7 Oklahoma in OT
Oklahoma State's freshman star scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime to help the Cowboys defeat No. Now, the Cowboys will try to duplicate the performance — the teams will meet again on Monday at Oklahoma State. Harmon had 14 points at the break for Oklahoma while Cunningham had 13 for the Cowboys. AdA 3-pointer by Harmon pushed the edge to 10 at the start of the second half before Oklahoma State surged. With Oklahoma State up by two, Reaves drove and found Brady Manek for the tying layup with seven seconds to play in regulation.
Cunningham helps Oklahoma St beat No. 6 Texas in double OT
Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham (2) celebrates after making a basket in the second overtime of the NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Cunningham, one of the nation’s top freshmen, scored five of his 19 points in the second overtime, including a contested 3-pointer with 1:33 left, to help Oklahoma State beat sixth-ranked Texas 75-67 on Saturday. “We didn’t shoot it great, but we played with a lot of determination and fire which we didn’t do the other night at TCU,” said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton. They hung around by forcing Oklahoma State into 35% shooting, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and coming up with 18 steals and six blocks. Oklahoma State goes for a rare season sweep of Kansas in a nationally-televised game Monday.
Watch: Oklahoma State player surprised with scholarship while working his shift at Walmart
In the fall of 2018, Dee Mitchell confidently strolled into Mike Boynton's office and pitched himself as someone worthy of wearing an Oklahoma State basketball uniform as a walk-on. He joined the Cowboys as a walk-on this day in 2019, and is paying his way through school thanks to his job at @Walmart. Oklahoma State won by six. So Mitchell took a job at Walmart working 40 hours per week for $12/hour as a produce stocker. Mitchell and Oklahoma State are scheduled to resume practices on Wednesday.cbsnews.com
Top freshmen forge their own paths in picking schools
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)Many of the nation’s brightest prospects in the most recent recruiting class didn’t necessarily select the most obvious schools. In the meantime, four of the top seven players chose Oklahoma State, Southern California, Stanford and Florida State. Jerry Meyer, the director of basketball scouting at 247Sports, says he noticed this trend starting in 2015. Barnes is ranked seventh in the 247Sports Composite and played high school basketball at Montverde (Florida) Academy. He was named the California male athlete of the year and the California basketball player of the year by USA Today.
Oklahoma State's Cunningham staying despite postseason ban
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Cade Cunningham, one of the nation's top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. The 6-foot-7 point guard was the key piece of a highly ranked class that gave fans hope that Oklahoma State would return to its past success. Oklahoma State is appealing. Stillwater, lets work.Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton has compared Cunninghams possible impact to that of Oklahomas Trae Young during the 2017-18 season. Center Yor Anei, a 6-10 center who started 25 games last season, has announced he is entering the transfer portal.