The Oklahoma State Cowboys’ men’s basketball season is done. Here are five thoughts about the 2021-22 season and what’s ahead for the basketball program.
The Cowboys knew going into the season that they were playing for pride. After the NCAA FINALLY decided to hear their appeal for their postseason ban, the NCAA upheld the penalty. Head coach Mike Boynton Jr’s press conference was heartfelt and emotional, because none of his players had anything to do with the reasons for the penalties. But, after the tears, Boynton went to work. For a team that had nothing to play for, he managed to squeeze a .500 season out of them, including a pair of wins down the stretch over NCAA Tournament-bound teams in Iowa State and Texas Tech. This season became all about building for next season.
The Cowboys have two seniors on the roster — guard Bryce Williams and guard Isaac Likekele. Williams was a super-senior, who triggered his COVID-19 season to remain with the Cowboys. Likekele was a true senior, but he can return in 2022-23 if he decides to use his COVID season. Likekele told reporters last month that he was uncertain if he would return. But, he was honored on senior day nonetheless. If Likekele is done, he leaves OSU with more than 1,000 points. After the season ended, sophomore guard Donovan Williams announced he was submitting his name to the transfer portal. Williams didn’t get much playing time but losing him means Boynton loses a piece of his highly-touted 2020 recruiting class.
Who’s Coming Back?
Assuming no one else hits the transfer portal the Cowboys have 14 players set to return for 2022-23. That would include some of their best players, including guard Avery Anderson III, guard Bryce Thompson, guard Rondel Walker, forward Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, guard Keylan Boone, forward Kalib Boone and forward Moussa Cisse, the last of which was named one of the Big 12 Defensive Players of the Year. Boynton has a lot of talent to work with, and potential stars in Anderson, Thompson and Cisse. There may be no Big 12 that is more stable going into the 2022-23 season — at least on paper.
Who’s Coming In?
The Cowboys have just one signee for their 2022 Class — forward Quion Williams out of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Williams is a Top 100 player, according to 247Sports.com and looks like a player that can fit as a shooting guard or a small forward in a pinch. Given what the Cowboys have on the roster, it’s likely that Williams wouldn’t even need to play next season.
What to Watch For
The Cowboys are operating under scholarship limits, so they may not be able to sign any more recruits. But, depending on whether any more Cowboys hit the transfer portal, that may open up more opportunities for Boynton to get some new talent in the program. So, depending upon that, it could be a quiet spring and summer in Stillwater.
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