2022 Record: 20-16 (8-12)

Head Coach: Mike Boynton (Career Record 107-90)

Projected Rotation:

PG: Javon Small (East Carolina 15.8 Pts, 4.8 Reb, 5.7 Ast)

SG: John-Michael Wright (9.8 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 2.0 Ast)

SF: Bryce Thompson (11.8 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 2.8 Ast)

PF: Eric Dailey

C: Brandon Garrison

6: C Isaiah Miranda (NC State RS)

7: SG Jarius Hicklen (North Florida 12.5 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 3.2 Ast)

8: PF Mike Marsh (Jacksonville 10.5 Pts, 4.9 Reb, 0.8 Ast)

9: SG Quion Williams (3.2 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.9 Ast)

10: PF Justin McBride

11: PG Jamyron Keller

12: SF Connor Dow

13: C Bernard Kouma (0.2 Pts, 0.4 Reb, 0.0 Ast)

Oklahoma State suffered a lot of losses this offseason to the transfer portal. Oklahoma State does return 2 starters in John-Michael Wright and Bryce Thompson. Wright was a former High Point transfer and had a pretty good year in his first season in Stillwater. He struggled at times from the field but pitched in some good minutes and was a hustler. Bryce Thompson is going to be the best player next season for the Cowboys. He was the leading scorer last season, but will need to take on a new role as a leader. With 5 freshman coming on for Mike Boynton, Thompson is going to need to lead by example and let the players develop. Also returning to Stillwater is SG Quion Williams who was only a freshman last year and will look to take on a larger role this season.

The most notable player that Oklahoma State added out of the portal was East Carolina transfer Javon Small. He is a true point guard that will slot right into the position in his first season at Oklahoma State. Small went from being buried on the rotation at ECU averaging 2PPG to being the star player averaging nearly 16PPG. He is also a great passer averaging nearly 6 assists per game. He takes care of the ball relatively well with a 1.64 A:TO ratio. Oklahoma State also got a commitment from North Florida guard Jarius Hicklen. He struggled at times from the floor and hasn’t shot above 40% from the field in his career yet. He’s still relatively young so he has time to develop more in a player. There is just going to be a massive jump in competition that may be too large to overcome. The Cowboys also added another ASun transfer in Jacksonville big man Mike Marsh. He also will face a dramatic rise in competition. Marsh has averaged double figures the past 2 seasons with the Dolphins and does add needed depth to the Cowboys frontcourt.

Oklahoma State also has 5 freshman coming in next season along with a RS-freshman transfer who didn’t see any action last season. Isaiah Miranda is transferring to Oklahoma State from NC State. Miranda redshirted this past season with the Wolfpack and was a former 4 star recruit. He is 7′ 1″ and has the ability to stretch the floor while also being disruptive inside. Miranda will battle it out with true freshman big man Brandon Garrison who is also a 4 star recruit and more of that traditional big man that excels on the defensive end. Another freshman expected to see action early is 4 star recruit Eric Dailey who is an extremely athletic 6-7 forward. 4 star forward Justin McBride also figures to find his way into the rotation. He is a reliable scorer around the rim. 3 stars SF Connor Dow and PG Jamyron Keller are the remaining freshman the Cowboys signed.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for Oklahoma State this season. They are a very young team and the league just got more competitive with the additions of Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, and UCF. Oklahoma State is going to be near the bottom of the standings next season. They will very likely finish with a record that is below .500. Mike Boynton could also find his way on the hot seat next offseason if this year in Stillwater really unravels. Oklahoma State has a ceiling of 10th in the conference and a floor of 13th in the conference.