Oklahoma State Preview Capsule
Last season: 20-13, lost in first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Mike Boynton.
Conference: Big 12.
Who’s gone: G Jawun Evans. He was one of the nation’s best point guards last season, averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 assists per game before leaving early for the NBA; G Phil Forte, who averaged 13.3 points per game and was one of the best 3-point shooters in school history; F Leyton Hammonds, who started 32 of Oklahoma State’s 33 games last season.
Who’s back: F Jeffrey Carroll. He considered leaving for the NBA after his junior season but chose to stay put. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season and has been named preseason All-Big 12; G Lindy Waters III, who shot 44 percent from 3-point range as a freshman; C Mitchell Solomon, a steady senior who started 22 games last season; G Brandon Averette; G/F Davon Dillard.
Who’s new: G Zack Dawson, a four-star recruit who averaged 26.5 points and 8.0 rebounds as a senior at South Miami High School; F/C Yankuba Sima, a junior transfer from St. John’s who is expected to be eligible after the fall semester.
The Skinny: The Cowboys have distractions aplenty, with the bribery scandal already leading to assistant coach Lamont Evans’ dismissal. Add the loss of Evans and the fact that new coach Mike Boynton faces so many issues beyond basketball, and it could be a rough season for the Cowboys.
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