This will somewhat of a live-post, as Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton and company seek out the best available transfers across the country to compliment incoming No. 1 signee Cade Cunningham. Listed below are the names we’ve heard and a glimpse at how they might fit in on next year’s squad.
Landers Nolley II - Virginia Tech
The list of suitors for the 2019-20 ACC All-Freshman team member is extensive.
Arkansas, Georgetown, Maryland, TCU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida, among the suitors who have reached out to Virginia Tech transfer Landers Nolley II, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) March 16, 2020
The wing averaged 15.1 points a game last season. Three years remaining.
Nolley, a four-star and top-70 recruit from the 2018 class, held an offer from OSU before committing to Buzz Williams and the Hokies in the midst of a solid run for Virginia Tech. Williams then left for Texas A&M, leaving the elite guard in a tough position.
He started all but three games this year and scored the ball well. His efficiency was okay, but at 6-foot-7 and with three years of eligibility still remaining, he is one of the most coveted transfers on the market.
He’ll most likely have to sit out a year before being able to play with a new team, so pairing him with Cunningham is highly unlikely. But when you get a chance to grab an athlete the caliber of Nolley, you take it.
Jamarius Burton - Wichita State
Another name that lots of schools will be pursuing is Jamarius Burton, a Sophomore guard who spent the last two seasons at Wichita State.
Wichita State transfer Jamarius Burton has heard from Alabama, LSU, NC State, Iowa State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Creighton, Miami, Oklahoma State, amongst others, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) March 16, 2020
Two years remaining. Averaged 10.3 points with the Shockers.
Last season, Burton improved on just about every statistical category. Most importantly for his fit with the Pokes, he became a much more reliable outside shooter, going from 26% to 38% last year.
The list of schools interested since that tweet was posted has grown exponentially. I wouldn’t be surprised if the total number doesn’t get to 50 by the time his transfer process plays out.
As with Nolley II, Burton would most likely have to sit a year after transferring, but his combination of size, scoring, and upside are very enticing for programs across the country, including Oklahoma State.
Ferron Flavors Jr. - California Baptist
Yes, that is a picture of Flavors. No, he is not in a Cal Baptist uniform. His next school will be his third stop in as many years. Such is life in college basketball for many these days.
Similar to Burton, Ferron Flavors Jr. has increased his transfer stock dramatically by becoming a consistent threat from deep. As a Junior last year with the Lancers, he shot an impressive 43.9% from the outside, making him a desired piece for many teams looking to plug holes in their roster.
The Cowboys, as mentioned by Coach Boynton, are losing their most reliable outside shooters in Dziagwa, Waters, and McGriff. Flavors would be immediately eligible for next season since he graduated this year. The fit makes sense to me!
UPDATE (3/28): Flavors Jr. has trimmed his list of schools to 5, and Oklahoma State has made the cut.
He had this to say about OSU:
“I feel like Coach Boynton has been doing a really good job since he became the head coach,” said Flavors. “One thing that I found impressive is they started out slow in conference this year, and then after that they won eight of ten or something like that to finish out the season. He’s also getting one of the best players in the country in Cade Cunningham, and it always helps to play with better players. They just have a great need for my skillset and what I can bring to a team.”
UPDATE (3/30): Flavors Jr. has committed to Oklahoma State
Michael Flowers - Western Michigan
News came out on Tuesday (3/31) that Oklahoma State was interested in Michael Flowers, a guard who spent his first three years at Western Michigan.
Western Michigan transfer Michael Flowers has heard from Arkansas, Butler, Temple, Oklahoma State, Northern Kentucky and others.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 31, 2020
Averaged 16.9 points and 3.3 assists.
Flowers scored at an impressive clip this season, nearly 17 a game. Not a premier shooter from the outside at 37%, but my guess is Coach Boynton is looking to potentially add more experienced players to surround this young core with.