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Bryce Thompson Announces Return for 2024-25 Season

Thompson would be the 43rd player in program history to score 1,000 points for the Pokes.



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Bryce Thompson is going to use his final year of eligibility at Oklahoma State.

Thompson announced his decision to return on Friday on social media, letting Cowboy fans know he isn’t hopping into the transfer portal.

Out of Tulsa, Thompson has been with the Cowboys the past three seasons after transferring from Kansas. This past season was cut short after just 18 games when Thompson suffered a shoulder injury in Lawrence that he was unable to return from.

In 83 games with the Cowboys, Thompson has averaged 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. His 3-point shooting has improved as he has gotten older. He shot just 22% from deep as a freshman at Kansas before shooting 29% in his first season with the Cowboys. The past two seasons combined, Thompson has shot 36% from deep.

In his 18 games this past season, Thompson averaged 11.6 points a game, as he hit double figures in half of those outings. He scored 20 points against Kansas in Stillwater, one of seven 20-point outings he has had at Oklahoma State. He eclipsed 1,000 career points this past season, 939 of which have come with the Cowboys. So long as he scores 61 points this upcoming season, he will become the 43rd player in program history to score 1,000 for OSU. He scored 424 points during the 2022-23 season (his last full season). If he can do that again in 2024-25, he’ll finish with 1,363 points in an OSU uniform, which would tie him for 21st in program history with JamesOn Curry.

Thompson was a five-star recruit out of Booker T. Washington High School as a member of the 2020 recruiting class. 247Sports listed Thompson as the No. 20 player in his class. He initially chose Kansas over offers from North Carolina, Michigan State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and others.

He’ll be a part of a reworked OSU roster under new coach Steve Lutz. There are only six players on that roster as things stand, but Thompson could mesh well in the backcourt with FIU transfer guard Arturo Dean, as Dean is a tenacious defender who also averaged four assists a game this past season. The Cowboys also picked up Texas Tech transfer forward Robert Jennings II on Thursday night.

Thompson was one of only three players to not enter the transfer portal since Mike Boynton’s firing, along with Jamyron Keller and Connor Dow. Thompson is the first of that trio to announce his return under Lutz.

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