After Kansas guard Bryce Thompson announced his intention to enter the transfer portal Tuesday, many Oklahoma State fans were optimistic about potentially landing the soon-to-be sophomore.
Thompson included the Cowboys in his initial final four along with Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina before picking the Jayhawks in November 2019. So naturally, Pokes’ fans speculated he would be making his way to Stillwater, as it was said that KU and OSU were the two teams the 6-foot-5 guard was deciding between when he made his decision.
The former five-star out of Booker T. Washington high school in Tulsa didn’t have as big of an impact as expected in his lone season in Lawrence. He played in 20 games but booked minimal playing time, averaging just 4.6 points per game while shooting 35.3% from the field. He also suffered back injuries and a broken hand.
He scored just three points total in the Jayhawks’ two NCAA Tournament games against Eastern Washington and USC, never seeming to stay in rhythm. He was never a main option in the regular season, instead passing up touches in favor of guard Ochai Agbaji or big man David McCormack.
Whether it was injuries or that he did not quite fit into Bill Self’s system, Thompson decided it would be best for him to test the waters of the transfer portal, along with about 1,300 other players across the country. The portal is quickly becoming just as lucrative to recruiting as the actual high school recruiting process, something that college coaches are beginning to catch onto. If Mike Boynton can get back in Thompson’s circle the way he did when he was in high school, Oklahoma State has a legitimate shot of landing a second consecutive five-star guy, albeit, not in the traditional sense.
Thompson would come in and contribute immediately for a OSU team looking to fill the scoring and play-making gap left by Cade Cunningham and potentially Avery Anderson. He would play a much bigger role than he did at Kansas, under a coach he already has an established relationship with. Bryce’s father, Rod Thompson, expressed his approval of Oklahoma State and Mike Boynton in 2019.
“…We had a good time at Oklahoma State and I really like Mike (Boynton). He is a genuine guy. He is a good man” (247 Sports).
Thompson’s decision to transfer will make him one of the most sought after players in the portal, so it will be interesting to see which teams will scramble to vye for his services. Whatever school he ends up picking, they’ll be getting an immediate impact player.
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