The 2018-19 season just got a lot more interesting for Mike Boynton and the Oklahoma State staff.
Earlier today, Tavarius Shine announced that he will not return to Stillwater next season, but didn’t offer any specifics. According to reports, Yankuba Sima will also not return, instead opting to pursue a professional career overseas.
NEWS: #OKState Yankuba Sima and G Tavarius Shine will both forego their final seasons of eligibility to pursue pro careers. Story link coming in a minute.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) April 3, 2018
BREAKING: #OKState’s Tavarius Shine *and* Yankuba Sima will pursue professional careers overseas, leaving the Cowboys with five scholarship openings. https://t.co/0jdJowMwAR— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) April 3, 2018
Shine moving on doesn’t come as a surprise as he walked during Senior Day festivities, but Sima’s departure is a stunner. The moves leave five scholarship spots open for Oklahoma State, and will now leave the frontcourt essentially decimated. It will be imperative for the Cowboys to perform well on the graduate transfer market to fill the spots.
#OKState coach Mike Boynton on Sima and Shine’s exits: “One of my favorite parts of being a basketball coach at this level is helping young men achieve their goals.” pic.twitter.com/jt1EPKrhil— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) April 3, 2018