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Basketball recruiting: Cowboys host two 4 star prospects in 2020 class

Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe and Donovan Williams made a trip to Stillwater.

Head Coach Mike Boynton
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On Monday, Oklahoma State hosted not just one, but two four-star players who could potentially join Cade Cunningham, Rondel Walker and Montreal Pena in the 2020 class.

The expectation once Cunningham signed was that Walker (check), JT Thor (maybe?) and others would follow suit. While that hasn’t happened as quickly as most thought, the chances of OSU coach Mike Boynton securing a top-10 or even top-5 class remain fairly strong, especially if he can close the deal on a couple of these names.


Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe

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Could he be the next Canadian Cowboy? 247Sports lists him as No. 55 overall and the No. 14 small forward in his class. His official visit to Stillwater on Monday coincided with the unofficial visit of Donovan Williams, a four-star shooting guard from Lincoln, Nebraska. Alexander-Moncrieffe could represent the next high-profile athlete to come to Stillwater by way of Canada, as he hails from Orangeville, Ontario. This unexpected potential pipeline could end up paying big dividends for Boynton, as OSU football coach Mike Gundy has already experienced by way of running back Chuba Hubbard and linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga.


Donovan Williams

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Meet Donovan Williams, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard from Lincoln, Nebraska. A four-star in the 2020 class by Rivals, Williams holds offers from OSU, Nebraska and Texas among others. Jerry Meyer evaluated him back in November 2018 as a Power-5 starter (Cowboys could use some of those) and had this to say:

“Great size and strength for a shooting guard. Plays under control and then has a next gear. Scores from all three levels and can make tough shots in traffic. Has a good feel for the game and is a quality ball handler and passer. Projects as a solid defender and good rebounder.”

That part about scoring from all three levels? I like it. 247Sports actually dropped him from a four-star to a three-star Wednesday, moving him from being ranked 103rd nationally to 148th. Regardless, he seems like a kid that just goes out and gets buckets, and the Pokes could certainly use some help in that category (outside of Cunningham, of course).


Cowboy fans may be wondering how much longer they’ll have to wait before the next commit. It’s been more than two months now since Pena signed, and while things with Thor still look good, I can’t get a good read on him and his intentions (I don’t think anyone can). Kansas and Kentucky seem like much more real possibilities for him right now than I thought in November after Cunningham signed.

To end this post on a happy note, I want to remind everyone Cunningham is ranked No. 1 by Rivals and 247Sports. ESPN ranks him as No. 3, which I can only assume means the folks in Bristol don’t watch a lot of high school ball.

Help is certainly on the way for OSU. It will be a year where absolutely no slack will be given or excuses accepted if the team doesn’t perform at a much higher level, though I’m not sure it could be lower than it is right now. Stay with it guys; I have a feeling 2021 could be very special.