Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe is a part of our Heartland College Sports Big 12 men’s Top 25 returning players countdown as we get closer to the 2021-22 college basketball season opener.
No. 21: Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, G, Oklahoma State
Where he left off: He was one of several young Cowboys who was able to develop ‘under the radar’ with the presence of top recruit Cade Cunningham on the roster. But, by season’s end, Alexander-Moncrieffe was in danger of ‘breaking out.’ He averaged 9 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, and as a 6-foot-7 swingman he could play guard or small forward. He was a quality shooter, better than 50 percent from the floor, and emerged as one of the league’s better offensive rebounders. His four-game stretch in late January, during which he averaged 15.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game put everyone on notice that he couldn’t be ignored much longer.
Where he’s headed: OSU head coach Mike Boynton Jr. was high on Alexander-Moncrieffe when he spoke to College Hoops Today’s Jon Rothstein during a September podcast. Boynton said that he could use Alexander-Moncrieffe as a point guard, in addition to the other ways that the Cowboys used him last season. He may be OSU’s most versatile player due to his height, athleticism, and his ability to play inside and outside. His value last season was as a rebounder who could give OSU whatever points he could. Now, the Cowboys need him to be a more efficient scorer, stretch his shot out of the 3-point line (he didn’t attempt a single one last season) and get better from the free-throw line (less than 60 percent last season). His play last season screamed upside. Now, he has to deliver.
Top 25 criteria: ONLY players that played in the Big 12 last season were considered. Rankings are based on where players left off at the end of last season, as we are not able to make assumptions about the improvements players have made this offseason.
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