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Justin McBride Enters Transfer Portal

McBride becomes the fifth portal entry from OSU.



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Another Oklahoma State hooper is headed for the portal in the midst of the Cowboys’ coaching transition.

Justin McBride entered the portal on Monday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. A freshman this past season, McBride played in 24 games, averaging just 6.4 minutes per. Listed at 6-foot-8, McBride averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds a game while shooting 52% from the field and 29% from deep.

He becomes the Cowboys’ fifth portal entry this offseason. OSU fired coach Mike Boynton and hired former Western Kentucky coach Steve Lutz this offseason. With McBride’s addition to the portal, Lutz has nine scholarships available. McBride joins Javon Small, Brandon Garrison, Eric Dailey Jr. and Quion Williams in the portal.

Bryce Thompson, Connor Dow and Jamyron Keller are the only players who haven’t hit the portal from this past season’s team who still have eligibility remaining. OSU also has one high school signee in Jeremiah Johnson.

McBride was a four-star recruit per 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals with the latter service listing him as the No. 77 player in the 2023 class. He initially chose Oklahoma State after also taking visits to Kansas State and Arizona State.

John-Michael Wright, who exhausted his eligibility this past season, asked Lutz a question at his introductory news conference about whether Lutz would be straight up with players on the roster as to whether they fit his scheme. As part of his answer, Lutz mentioned a talk he had with McBride, but he didn’t go too far into the details of that chat.

“Justin and I actually talked this morning,” Lutz said. “Am I honest? Yeah, I’m almost honest to a fault, guys. If there is ever a fault for being too honest. I’m not knocking on Justin because I love him. He’s asking good questions. To answer your question, yes. As I said a minute ago, this is not always a fit for everybody.”

Lutz has been active in the transfer market since taking over the reigns of OSU’s program. Although he hasn’t landed a transfer quite yet, a few have put the Cowboys in their top groups, and Arkansas’ Davonte Davis and Wyoming’s Brendan Wenzel are set to visit this week.

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