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Courtney Ramey’s decision won’t make or break Oklahoma State in 2018

The talented four-star point guard would be a jolt to the program, but Oklahoma State would be okay without him.

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Courtney Ramey’s recruitment has been a long, arduous, and especially winding process with turns at every corner. With programs dropping out like flies, and reappearing in like a phoenix rising from the ashes (looking at you, Louisville), nobody has any idea where Ramey will end up. Because of that, programs are getting anxious and many are being forced to keep their options open.

With an end in sight, but no information on which direction he’s leaning, it could be getting close to time for Oklahoma State to look elsewhere for their point guard in 2018. The Cowboys, for one, can’t get caught flat-footed. The coaching staff has handled this process about as well as you could hope by keeping the graduate transfer market a priority.

USC-Upstate grad-transfer point guard Mike Cunningham has a visit scheduled for next weekend in Stillwater, with Louisville likely being the lone competition after OU bowed out yesterday. Ramey’s decision probably implicates Oklahoma State and Louisville, with his decision likely having a huge impact on Cunningham.

Ramey is the top unsigned player in the country for a reason. Tons of programs would love to have his abilities on their team next season, and Oklahoma State is in a position of great need at the point guard spot, but it’s decision time for him and his suitors alike.

Corey Evans from Rivals had this to say yesterday regarding where things stand with Ramey:

The race for Ramey remains and while nothing is planned beyond the three in-home visits this week, Oklahoma State and Texas are the lone programs to have hosted Ramey for an official visit, two trips that occurred in December. Louisville did hold his verbal pledge dating back to the prior regime at the ACC program as Ramey is already familiar with what the school can offer. It is truly a guessing game at this point.

You want the kid to make the best decision for his future, whether or not that involves Oklahoma State. In Stillwater, Ramey would likely be the day-one starter at point guard the second he puts pen to paper. The Cowboys have essentially unlimited playing time to offer him, which is something that arguably no other program in the running can say.

That being said, the backcourt won’t the achilles heel for the Pokes in 2018. They need to add a bit of depth, but the starting lineup is essentially all but set. With Michael Weathers running the show, and Lindy Waters primed for a breakout junior season, things look good for OSU behind the arc. It’s going to be inside the paint that makes or breaks the Cowboys, not Ramey’s decision.

With the departures of Yankuba Sima, Mitchell Solomon, and Tavarius Shine, the Cowboys lost experience and size at the forward and center positions. Kentrevious Jones helps tremendously, but the Cowboys still have interest in a number of graduate transfer big men, the most notable being Wyatt Walker from Samford. Walker will have two years of eligibility left wherever he decides to go, but Oklahoma State figures to have a great shot at him. His final official visit will take place in Stillwater on the 27th.

Having a contingency plan in place that doesn’t involve Ramey is going to be the priority moving forward. With OSU’s activity on the grad-transfer market, it appears that they have one ready to go.