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Basketball recruiting: Oklahoma State offers Illinois big man Brandon Lieb

Lieb could potentially fill OSU’s final roster spot for 2020 after two unexpected departures.

NCAA Basketball: Austin Peay at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

With Yor Anei and Hidde Roessink announcing their intentions to transfer from Oklahoma State earlier this week, coach Mike Boynton had two unexpected scholarships open up for next season.

The first was filled nearly immediately after Anei announced his intent to transfer, as Ole Miss guard Bryce Williams committed to the program. The second spot could be filled by Boynton’s most recent offer, 7-footer Brandon Lieb from Deerfield, Illinois.

Lieb was originally in the class of 2021, but has gained interest from several programs including Oklahoma and DePaul after considering a reclassification to 2020.

As of right now, Lieb’s options are open. He could reclassify and start school in the fall, where redshirting is an option. He is also reportedly considering taking a “prep year” for the 2021 season, where he would continue going to school while playing at a highly regarded prep school, according to Rivals’ Corey Evans.

His commitment post specifically states he received an OSU offer for the class of 2020. Due to the fact the Cowboys just lost their two tallest players, Lieb may see OSU as an enticing offer given that the need for height means he could play right away.

His recruitment didn’t start picking up steam until the past few weeks, so many schools could see him as a redshirt project for the upcoming season. The unexpected roster situation at OSU could vault the Pokes to the top of his list.