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Richard ‘Pop Pop’ Isaacs Jr. is Latest Sign Oklahoma State Hoops is Here to Stay

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas

Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton and his staff continue to blaze trails on the recruiting cycle as four-star, Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep point guard Richard “Pop Pop” Isaacs Jr. announced via Twitter Monday afternoon that OSU was included in his final four schools.

Isaacs Jr., a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard is rated as the No. 37 prospect in the class of 2022 according to 247Sports, No. 7 among point guards. His decision will come between the Cowboys, Texas Tech, Arizona State and UNLV.

 

Isaacs Jr. has only made one official visit to a school as of now, that being OSU back in June. He also raved about Boynton in an interview with 247Sports, talking about the family atmosphere the Cowboys’ coach instills in the program and his players.

 

“He’s really big on the family environment stuff I could tell,” Isaacs Jr. explained. “All the guys were close and they all spoke highly of him. I for sure love coach Boynton and have a great relationship with him.”

OSU has landed in the top groups of multiple high-valued prospects lately, including the top six of four-star forward Aiden Shaw and the top ten of five-star guard Shaedon Sharpe. The Cowboys were also in the running for Isaacs Jr.’s Prolific Prep teammate, five-star forward MJ Rice, before he announced his commitment to Kansas on Tuesday.

Despite a still ongoing NCAA probation appeal that threatens the team’s scholarship count and postseason chances, Oklahoma State has seemingly picked up steam when it comes to recruiting, rather than suffer the effects. That was most evident when every single player on the roster except one chose to remain with the program after the sanctions were brought down on OSU basketball a year ago, a testament to the culture Boynton is creating.

As the 2021-2022 basketball season rolls around and these guys start their final high school seasons, it will be interesting to see if Mike Boynton can pick up where he left off after signing Cade Cunningham a season ago by landing more elite talent like Isaacs Jr. and others. At the volume top players around the country are including OSU in their final decisions among college basketball’s blue bloods, it won’t be long before basketball is back in Stillwater and Oklahoma State reestablishes itself as a “basketball school” once again.

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