OSU Basketball: Assessing the Strengths of 2018 Signee Duncan DeMuth

Written by Luke A. Garza

Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton has embodied his slogan, “Let’s Work,” this offseason. He’s doing it because he wants to, but also because he has to. The Cowboys are coming off an impressive season that ended with fans and national figures perplexed as to why they weren’t in the NCAA Tournament.

Last year’s team will look drastically different from this season’s squad. Six of 12 players are no longer on the roster, which creates a need for an influx of recruits in Stillwater. Boynton has been busy on the crootin’ trail since the season ended, locking in six players who will be eligible for this season.

As the week goes on, I’ll take a look at the strengths of each recruit in this year’s class. We’ll start with Seminole High School’s Duncan DeMuth.

Fun fact: DeMuth’s high school is merely 100 minutes away from fellow Cowboy Thomas Dziagwa’s alma mater.

I couldn’t find full game highlights featuring DeMuth, so I’m going to base this assessment off the few clips I found from Youtube. DeMuth is 6-foot-8 and weighs 215 pounds, per 247sports. He’s a top-30 player in Florida and is a top-50 power forward in the country in his recruiting class.

Based on the above video, DeMuth has solid finishing ability and has a nice spin move, which he uses to get closer to the rim before attempting a short fallaway jumper, or to get to the cup for an easy layup. He has a long wingspan and uses that to his advantage on defense, as well. He punished quite a few players in these clips with highlight-reel rejections.

It seems like he greatly benefitted from his size at the high school level. At 6-foot-8, he was an albatross when compared to the majority of his teammates and opponents. It seems he may project as a small forward or stretch big man at the next level.

He has good form on his jump shot and appears adept at knocking down midrange jumpers along with an occasional three. DeMuth can get to the rim if he puts the ball on the floor, but he’s going to want to tighten his handle if he wants to do that in the Big 12. Again, it’s tough to see the whole picture without actual game film, but you can see the upside here with DeMuth. With his ability to shoot from beyond the arc, he translates to a versatile forward at the next level off the bench.