Anei, who will be a junior next season, will file a waiver to gain immediate eligibility to be able to play for the Mustangs during the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 8.1 points-per-game, 4.7 rebounds-per-game and 1.9 blocks-per-game last season for the Cowboys. If he stayed in Stillwater, Anei likely would’ve been OSU’s starting center.
The Mustangs went 19–11 (9–9 American Athletic Conference) this past season, their fourth under head coach Tim Jankovich. SMU is 90–46 (38–31 AAC) with one NCAA tournament appearance in 2017 since Jankovich took over the program in 2015.
Anei is the first player to transfer from OSU since the program was given a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA on June 5 for violations uncovered in an FBI investigation. OSU has stated since the ruling it will appeal the decision.