Big news coming out of Stillwater Monday morning as the number 1 recruit coming out of high school, Cade Cunningham reaffirmed his commitment to Oklahoma State. This is coming after it was announced weeks ago that Oklahoma State would be banned from this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Many thought he would explore other options following that news but ultimately he decided to stay at Oklahoma State to play for his brother Cannen, who is an assistant coach on the Oklahoma State staff. Cunningham reportedly was offered $500,000 from the G-League on multiple occasions but has turned it down on both occasions.
Oklahoma State will still appeal the postseason ban penalty that was given to them by the NCAA, meaning that there’s still a chance they are able to compete for and make the Big Dance this season. The Cowboys should have its best year in the Mike Boyton Jr. era. With Cunningham and Isaac Likekele running together at the guard spot, the team will have two great point guards that should feed off each other well. Cunningham is also big enough to where he can switch and play 1-4 on the defensive side of the ball, which is big given Oklahoma State’s depth at the guard spot. Ferron Flavors Jr, Rondel Walker, and Chris Harris Jr will make up a good collection of guards. Oklahoma State isn’t necessarily deep upfront but if Kalib Boone has a breakout year as expected while his brother Keylan Boone can be effective as well, the Cowboys will be set in the front court. Here’s what their rotation should look like for next year:
PG: Isaac Likekele
SG: Ferron Flavors Jr
SF: Rondel Walker
PF: Cade Cunningham
C: Kalib Boone
Key Reserves: Chris Harris Jr, Donovan Williams, Avery Anderson III, Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, Keylan Boone