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HIGH NOON HIGHLIGHTS (4/3): It’s #GradTransferSZN for Mike Boynton and Oklahoma State Basketball.

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With the news of Tavarius Shine and Yankuba Sima becoming the fifth and sixth members of the 2017-18 Oklahoma State basketball team that will not be returning next season, Mike Boynton currently has four scholarship players left on his roster from the 2017-18 team.

Thomas Dziagwa, Cameron McGriff, Lucas N’Guessan and Lindy Waters III are the four scholarship players. Trey Reeves is the only other member who logged minutes (22, to be exact) that is still on the team from last season’s NIT run.

After receiving a contract raise and an extension, Mike Boynton has a lot of work to do to get his team ready for next season.

Time for the sophomore coach to go get a few more Kendall Smiths, a.k.a. grad transfers.

And that’s just a few of them. Expect HCMB to continue his pursuit of grad transfers, as well as incoming freshman to try and compile a team that will challenge Kansas for Big 12 basketball supremacy.

Jon Littell and Carson McCusker named Big 12’s best.

After sweeping TCU in Stillwater to open Big 12 play, both Jon Littell and Carson McCusker were rewarded for their efforts with a Big 12 weekly award. Jon Littell was 9-for-15 (.600) at the plate in the four games with three doubles, two triples and four RBIs. He also scored nine runs, drew five walks, stole a base and turned in a 1.067 slugging percentage, according to the news release.

In the sweep of the Horned Frogs, Littell went 8-for-11 (.727) with three doubles, a pair of triples and four RBIs. He scored nine runs and collected 15 total bases and a 1.364 slugging percentage.

His efforts earned him his first Big 12 Player of the Week award this season.

Carson McCusker was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. The Sparks, Nevada native was 4-for-6 in Saturday’s doubleheader, with three home runs, all solo shots, while also making several Sportscenter’s Top 10-worthy defensive plays in the outfield.

Softball has a sweet deal.

Cowgirl softball is off to another great start to the season. In fact, this high-powered Cowgirl offense has done something that no other Big 12 team has thus far.

Do you want to go see this team and the explosive offense for yourself? OSU Athletics is offering a special on tickets for tomorrow’s game against in-state rival Tulsa. You can get four tickets to the game for $15.

Jawun Evans out for season.

The Los Angeles Clippers were forced to rely on Jawun Evans more than they had expected after the injury bug took hold of the team, forcing the former Oklahoma State second rounder into service.

Now, Evans is also out. After failing to play through a sports hernia, Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers announced that Evans will be shut down and go under the knife with just five games left on the schedule.

In his rookie campaign, Evans played in 48 games and averaged 4.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 16.2 minutes.

Cowgirl Tennis back in Top 10.

In the latest edition of the Oracle ITA rankings, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls are back into the Top 10.

The only other Big 12 team in the Top 10 with the Cowgirls is the Texas Longhorns, who came in at No. 6. North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Duke, Georgia Tech and South Carolina make up the Top 5, while Gerogia, Pepperdine and Ole Miss occupy the 7-9 spots.

A big reason for the Cowgirls’ success is Vladica Babic. The senior is having an incredible season, setting all sorts of Oklahoma State records.

That’s it for today folks. Have a great Tuesday. Spring is coming. I promise.