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Oklahoma State men's basketball player tracker: Texas State star Caleb Asberry to join Cowboys

Jacob Unruh
Oklahoman

STILLWATER — After serving its one-year postseason ban, Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball roster is undergoing some changes.

Fan favorites are departing. But reinforcements are coming. On Tuesday, Texas State star Caleb Asberry became the third player in the transfer portal to commit to the Cowboys in the past week and second in less than 24 hours, joining Louisiana Monroe's Russell Harrison.

While the Cowboys are playing the long game with the transfer portal, coach Mike Boynton is searching for a point guard and more shooting.

OSU still faces the loss of three scholarships over three seasons as part of the NCAA sanctions. It remains unclear how that impacts the roster.

OSU has just one high school commitment from the 2022 class — four-star small forward Quion Williams of Jonesboro (Arkansas), a rising star with a high motor who led his team to a state championship while winning the tournament MVP.

From there, here is a look at the Cowboys’ departures and arrivals this offseason:

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Incoming transfers

Caleb Asberry, G, Texas State

A 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, Asberry is coming off two seasons as one of the top players in the Sun Belt Conference. Last season, he started all 29 games while leading Texas State to the NIT Tournament, averaging 13.6 points while shooting 44.1% overall, including 38.4% from 3-point range. In the 2020-21 season, he shot well from deep, making 41.7%. After playing his freshman year at Ranger (Texas) College under Billy Gillispie, Asberry Asberry averaged 11.1 points and shot 36.1% from 3 with Texas State.

Nov 12, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  Texas State Bobcats guard Caleb Asberry (5) shoots a jump shot over LSU Tigers forward Mwani Wilkinson (left) during the second half at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Russell Harrison, G/F, Louisiana Monroe

A 6-foot-7 senior who provides length and versatility, Harrison spent the past two seasons with Lousiana Monroe. Last season, he averaged 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 45.8% overall and 38.3% from 3-point range. He shot 56.5% overall. Harrison began his career at NAIA Wayland Baptist in 2016-17. He redshirted his second season and did not play in 2018-29 before landing at Clarendon (Texas) College, where he was a junior college All-American. 

John-Michael Wright, G, High Point

The Cowboys got a big boost Monday with the addition of the Big South Conference's leading scorer. Wright, a 6-foot guard from Fayetteville, North Carolina, averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steals last season as a junior. He shot 36% from 3-point range. Wright also scored 20 or more points in 12 games last season, including 34 against Charleston Southern.

Fayetteville native John-Michael Wright was selected to the preseason All-Big South second team on Tuesday at the league's virtual media day.

Outgoing transfers

Keylan Boone, G/F (Pacific)

Boone and his twin brother Kalib are taking separate paths. Kalib is staying with OSU, while Keylan is headed to the West Coast. On April 25, Keylan announced his commitment to Pacific — a team that went 8-22 last season — following three seasons with OSU. He was a spark of energy off the bench and one of the Cowboys’ best 3-point shooters, making 32% last season. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 80 games.

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Isaac Likekele, G/F (Ohio State)

All signs pointed to the Cowboys’ leader and veteran not returning next season, but the general belief was he would move onto the professional level. Instead, Likekele announced Tuesday that he was entering the portal as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot-5 veteran started all four seasons with the Cowboys, primarily at point guard but he also played in the low post. A tough, physical player known for his leadership and defense, Likekele was the heart and soul of the team. He is the lone player in program history with more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 400 assists. He announced on May 4 that he would attend Ohio State.

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Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe, F (Georgia)

A former four-star recruit and two-time national player of the year in Canada, Moncrieffe hit the portal after a sophomore slump in which he averaged 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. In two seasons with the Cowboys, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 58 games, including 21 starts. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman. Moncrieffe announced on April 25 his commitment to Georgia, reuniting with former Cowboys assistant Erik Pastrana, who was instrumental in Moncrieffe’s recruitment for the Cowboys.

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Rondel Walker, G

The former Putnam West star submitted his paperwork just two days before the May 1 deadline after two seasons with the Cowboys. A four-star and top-100 ranked recruit, Walker is a strong defender, which made him a fan favorite in two seasons. He also had a knack for big plays in big moments. He averaged 7.8 points as a freshman, making 32 3-pointers, and 1.21 steals. Last season, his scoring dipped to 4.9 points but his defense remained elite with 1.6 steals per game.

Donovan Williams, G (Pacific)

Knee injuries hampered the four-star recruit who was named Nebraska’s Mr. Basketball — costing him the majority of his freshman season — but he never really found much playing time when he was healthy. He played in just six games that first year before suffering the season-ending injury. Last season, he played in nine games — starting four — and averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. But he appeared in just two Big 12 games.

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NBA Draft

Avery Anderson III, G

For the second straight year, Anderson has entered his name in the NBA Draft as an early entry. But he will maintain his college eligibility. The main goal is to receive another evaluation. There remains the chance that Anderson could depart but he is coming off an up-and-down year in which he averaged 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. After a poor start to Big 12 play, he finished the season with double-digit scoring nights in seven of the final eight games. In the 2020-21 season, he was a dynamic secondary scorer down the stretch behind Cade Cunningham, propelling his draft profile.

Jacob Unruh covers college sports for The Oklahoman. You can send your story ideas to him at junruh@oklahoman.com or on Twitter at @jacobunruh. Support his work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.