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Daily Bullets (July 1): Linebacker Commit Flips to Sooners, Mike Gundy’s West Virginia Comp

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Yesterday is one of my favorite sports’ days – the start of NBA free agency. I explained to a family member yesterday – it’s like The Bachelorette for sports – jilted lovers, surprise decisions, high drama. I just love it.


Bullets Rundown

• Cowboy linebacker commit flips to the Sooners
• Cade Cunningham talk
• Mike Gundy’s West Virginia comp


OSU Bullets

• This was the worst yesterday – 2020 linebacker commit Brynden Walker flipped to the Sooners.

The 6-3, 230 pound Walker was a perfect fit in OSU’s defensive scheme as a Calvin Bundage-like edge rusher. He committed to OSU in early March, less than two weeks after he was offered. But when OU offered in mid-April, it was widely believed to be a matter of time before he flipped to the Sooners. [PFB]

When you see guys like this flip to another school taking visits to another place, you kind of understand why Gundy would move towards the no-visit policy.

Also – this one stings. It’s got shades of Obo Okoronkwo all over it.

• I can’t help but pick out my favorite comments about Mike Boynton’s top target for the 2020 class, Cade Cunningham.

Since making the full-time switch to point guard last season, Cunningham blossomed as a creative passer with excellent vision who can pick apart defenses off a live dribble. He doubles as a go-to scoring option on the perimeter, using powerful downhill drives to the rim and a developing pull-up jumper to punish opposing defenses on whatever they’re giving them.

He also plays with a rare poise that allows him to dictate games without getting hurried. At 6’6 with a strong frame, he has the size, strength, and competitive mindset to to be a multi-position defender, too. [SB Nation]

Two other things – the section on Cunningham starts off saying “Cade Cunningham is good enough to be the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft if he were currently eligible” and the title of the article is “Meet the future NBA studs carrying USA Basketball as high schoolers”.

• Reading about West Virginia’s new football coach – as he interacted with their school legend Don Nehlen, Nehlen sounds everything like Mike Gundy is/will be to OSU.

Even before their lunch together this spring, Neal Brown knew of Don Nehlen’s accomplishments. He’d read about how Nehlen revived a sluggish football program in 1980, won more games than any other coach in West Virginia history and inspired the passion Mountaineers fans are now known for. [Yahoo Sports]

A young Cowboy alum won his first pro tournament over the weekend but it wasn’t Viktor Hovland or Matthew Wolff

• Pokes finished just outside the top 25 in the Learfield Cup (basically an aggragate score in all college sports in one season.


Non-OSU Bullets

• Nothing prepares you to visit Omaha Beach

• Finished this faith-based book over the weekend... it’s just ok, I’d probably recommend others.

This review of an old movie (“A Streetcar Named Desire”) I saw recently helped make sense of the story for me

This one got me – the reason for the holdup with the Thunder and Nerlens Noel yesterday.

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