As if yesterday’s recruiting news wasn’t enough, Mike Boynton and Co. have landed two of their top targets in the 2019 class. According to the Tulsa World, Kalib and Keylan Boone of Tulsa Memorial have committed to Oklahoma State. They announced their decision on Twitter moments later.
Committed ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/BfPieyIhdq— Kalib Boone (@kalibboone32) April 16, 2018
Committed ‼️ pic.twitter.com/6cwfdveC4U— Keylan Boone (@BooneKeylan) April 16, 2018
Of the commitment, Kalib told the Tulsa World, “We thought about it and prayed about it, and we decided we wanted to go to OSU. . . . We can make our dreams come true (at) this school.”
“I just felt it. I wanted to be a Cowboy,” Keylan added.
Boynton has been heavily recruiting the twins for the better half of a year, and they will be the collective centerpiece of the 2019 class going forward.
In their junior season, Kalib averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game, while Keylan averaged 15 and 8. They will bring size, athleticism, and a superior shot-blocking ability to Oklahoma State’s interior. Kalib (6’8”) plays in the post, but is comfortable stepping out. He runs the floor exceptionally well. Keylan (6’6”) is more of a true wing with the ability to really shoot it from deep when he gets going. He also has the size and length necessary to get into the paint at will.
They had been deciding between Oklahoma State and Tulsa, but schools like Oklahoma, Wichita State, Iowa, and Houston were reportedly in the mix as well. It was important, however, for the twins to make an early decision.
“My last summer (of high school) is stress-free ... This summer is for me to get better, and then have an unbelievable (senior) season with Tulsa Memorial,” he told the World.
While relationships with those other schools developed, their relationship with Mike Boynton is ultimately what drove them to Stillwater.
“I think (the Boones) see their story as being an underdog story. Even though they have been blessed with size, they can relate to how (Boynton) has done it from the ground up,” Memorial Head Coach Bobby Allison told the World.
While the Boone twins’ recruiting profiles aren’t off the charts, the upcoming AAU circuit should propel them both into high three-to-four star range. They’re big time players.
With the Boone twins already committed, and Booker T. Washington guard Bryce Thompson (2020) remaining a huge priority, we might see the Cowboy coaching staff use the Tulsa area as a pipeline sooner rather than later. I’m all in on that.
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