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High Noon Highlights (6/25): Former OSU athletes headed to Olympics

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Former Cowboys going to the Olympics:

Oklahoma State is set to be well represented in Tokyo this summer as three former OSU athletes are set to represent their countries. Viktor Hovland will be representing Norway in Golf and Alex Noren will be representing Sweden in the same sport. AD Franch will be playing soccer for the U.S.

Hovland is up to 14th in the World Golf Ranking. He has five Top 5 finishes this calendar year. He was on the Cowboys’ 2018 National Championship team.

Noren is 95th in the World Ranking. Now 38, Noren turned pro in 2005 after his Oklahoma State career.

Franch is one of two goalkeepers on the U.S. women’s soccer roster headed to Tokyo. She was a three-time All-American while at OSU from 2009-12. She led the Cowgirls to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2011. She also holds the program record for clean sheets with 38. {PFB}

It’s great to see familiar faces on one of the world’s biggest events!

Coach Boynton makes tribute for Mike Holder:

Men’s Basketball head coach Mike Boynton made a great video in celebration of Mike Holder’s retirement. He thanked Holder for taking a chance on him and everything he’s done for OSU athletics.

Boynton gives thoughts on Cade Cunningham:

Who better to speak to a players talents than his coach. Mike Boynton got the chance to gush on his player.

“He’s clearly the best guy, and he can play on the ball, off the ball, he can post up and shoot the 3,” Boynton said. “The team at No. 2 has a problem. They gotta figure this thing out.”

Boynton said he has received calls from every NBA team about Cunningham, even teams that aren’t in the lottery but want to store information for if Cunningham becomes a free agent down the road.

The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic all have an equal shot at the No. 1 pick, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers not far behind. But there are 14 teams with a chance above 0% at getting to No. 1. The New Orleans Pelicans got the No. 1 pick (and Zion Williamson) in 2019 after having just a 6% shot at the pick.

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