With the announcement that Oklahoma State’s top 2019 target, four-star small forward Christian Brown, has verbally committed to play for Tom Crean and Georgia, where does Cowboys coach Mike Boynton go from here?
Boynton and his staff still have two open scholarships for the 2019 class, and will likely fill both. How they fill both is the question.
With four seniors and no juniors on the roster next season, it’s likely Boynton will look to add at least one player with collegiate experience. While that could come in the form of a graduate transfer, for now, we’ll focus on JUCO options, three in particular.
JUCO Shooting Guard Tajzmel Sherman
OSU is one of 10 programs that have offered the 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from Collin County College.
Joining OSU are West Virginia, Utah, Cincinnati, SMU, Buffalo, FIU, East Carolina, UTEP and Texas State.
Last season for Collin College, Sherman 15.2 points-per-game on 47 percent shooting, including 39 percent from beyond the arch. He also grabbed 4.1 rebounds a game and dished out 2.2 assists.
At this point, West Virginia seems to be in the driver’s seat as Sherman was very excited about the offer from the Mountaineers.
“I was shocked to even think Big 12 schools or schools of this caliber would even consider me,” Sherman told 247. “It’s a blessing.”
Sherman went on to tell 247 that is planning a visit to West Virginia after the season ends but has not narrowed down the rest of his offers to determine what other schools will get a visit.
Sherman will be a junior next season, with two years of eligibility available.
JUCO Shooting Guard Sean McNeil
The fast-rising sharp shooter out of Kentucky has seen his offer list explode in the last month.
McNeil boasts a list of offer 14 schools long, but at least 10 of those have come since mid-February. Joining OSU are Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Providence, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado State, Western Kentucky and Dayton.
It’s no wonder his offer list is long and growing; McNeil is one of the best shooters in basketball. The freshman guard is averaging 29.7 points per game while shooting 49.5 percent overall, including 43 percent from 3-point range. Throw in 6.1 rebounds per game and a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, and you get the picture.
McNeil is high on OSU’s “want” list, but then he’s high on every team’s list. Adding him to a backcourt that features Lindy Waters III and Thomas Dzigwa could make an already solid three-ball shooting team even more so.
JUCO Power Forward Doudou Gueye
OSU is the latest school to target what would be the best named kid on the court.
OSU is one of five schools to have offered the 6-foot-9, 220-pound PF from Daytona State College, joining Arkansas, Texas Tech, Seton Hall and East Carolina.
The Senegal native is extremely athletic and putting up good numbers. As a sophomore he’s averaging 11 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 50 percent from the court. He even hits 38.2 percent from beyond the arch.
While Gueye is listed as a power forward, he plays a lot like a guard according to Daytona College head coach Brock Morris.
“He is a point forward,” Morris told Kevin McPherson of Pig Trail Nation. “He has more of a guard game than a post game, but he can take a smaller defender to the block. He is a great young man.”
Take a look at his highlights from his freshman year playing in Hachioji, Japan.