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Even Without Cunningham, Oklahoma State Will Be Fine

Last season, Oklahoma State Basketball had a huge star on their roster in Cade Cunningham. The Cowboys’ starting point guard will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft. He led OSU to a 21-9 record and Round of 32 appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Losing Cunningham is a big blow to be sure, but head coach Mike Boynton and company aren’t going anywhere. They will remain a threat in the Big 12 next season after using the transfer portal to completely retool.

Mike Boynton Crushed It in the Transfer Portal

The transfer portal has been bigger than ever for college basketball this past year, and Oklahoma State took full advantage.

That’s a lot of talent right there. Tyreek Smith comes in from conference rival Texas Tech. Woody Newton comes to Stillwater from Syracuse off an improbable Sweet Sixteen appearance. Moussa Cisse is the best transfer Boynton picked up, snagging him from Memphis. Bryce Thompson, a former McDonald’s All-American and Kansas guard, will look to fill some of the playmaking duties left by Cunningham. Outside of Cisse, none of these players received many minutes at their original programs, hence their transfer to Oklahoma State. While there isn’t much college track record to look to, an average star rating of 4.5 is nothing to sneeze at. These guys can play, and will likely be a big part of Boynton’s plan to build off last season.

Those transfers aren’t the only thing OSU has going for them. They are also returning every single player on last season’s roster but one. Avery Anderson, Isaac Likekele, and Kalib Boone are three major contributors from 2020-21 who will return. The Cowboys’ roster continuity is insane.

In closing, don’t expect Oklahoma State Basketball to fall off without Cade Cunningham. There’s more than enough talent on their roster to ensure that they will be a factor in the Big 12 yet again.

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