As we enter the second week of the offseason for Mike Boynton and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, (now) redshirt-senior guard Tavarius Shine announced on Twitter that he would not be returning for the Cowboys next season.
Thank you to my Oklahoma State family. It has been an amazing ride. #CowboyforLife pic.twitter.com/GGSIicbX6z— T.Shine (@Tavarius_shine) April 2, 2018
While it is unclear where Shine will end up, he does still have a single year of eligibility left, and could graduate transfer out of the program.
Others speculate that Shine is retiring from the game. Shine has a history of injuries, including a back injury that kept him out for the vast majority of the 2016-17 season and a left wrist injury that forced him to sit on the sideline for five games in the latter half of the 2017-18 campaign.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. Most people believed that when Shine walked with his teammates on Senior Night, it was a foreshadowing of what was to come.
Shine is the fifth member of the 2017-18 team that will not be returning next season. Jeffrey Carroll, Mitchell Solomon and Kendall Smith all graduated and exhausted their eligibility, while Brandon Averette announced last week that he will not be back next season.
Regardless of what happens, we will never forget what Shine has done for the program. We here at CRFF want to thank him for his four years dedicated to Cowboy basketball, and wish him the best of luck in whatever is next for the young man from Irving, TX.