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Recruiting Reset: 2021 Basketball Prospects OSU Fans Should Know

Could Mike Boynton put together another top class?

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For now, it looks like Mike Boynton is done with his 2020 class.

Things could change quickly, and Boynton, Oklahoma State’s coach, said he isn’t done recruiting the class despite being at the 13-scholarship threshold for his 2020-21 squad, but let’s take an early look at 2021.

At the beginning of December, I put out seven names to keep an eye on for the Pokes in 2021, and a handful of those guys will again be on this list. However, Texas star Manny Obaseki and Ada standout Jaxson Robinson were also on that list, but the pair has since committed to Texas A&M. Kingfisher star Bijan Cortes was also there, but he announced an Oklahoma commitment at the end of January.

For now it looks like OSU would have room for two players in its 2021 class, but that’s also up in the air. Boynton will have the scholarship from grad transfer Ferron Flavors Jr. and is also expected to have Cade Cunningham’s once the projected No. 1 pick leaves after one year for the NBA Draft.

Transfers away from OSU could give Boynton more room, especially if the NCAA passes a rule allowing players to transfer once without having to sit out a year. And a big season from Isaac Likekele next year could put him on the NBA’s radar.

So, I guess what I’m saying is while it looks like there could be just two spots for Boynton, a lot could change between now and next April.

With that said, here are six guys to keep an eye on in the 2021 class in order of their 247Sports composite ranking.

Harrison Ingram, 6-6, SF, No. 17 overall

Ingram was the top name on my last list, and he sits atop this one as well.

OSU has had an eye on Ingram for a while, and he officially announced an OSU offer April 8. He is a five-star recruit and Texas’ top player in the cycle.

A forward with good ball skills, Ingram plays his high school ball at St. Mark’s in Dallas and his AAU ball with the Marcus Smart-sponsored YGC36. Going past the Smart link, that program also produced Isaac Likekele.

Like a lot of players on this list, OSU is far from the only school in on Ingram. He has offers from Stanford, Texas Tech, Memphis, North Carolina, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, UCLA and a lot more.


Daimion Collins, 6-8, C, No. 23

The second-ranked player from Texas is just a few spots behind Ingram in the national rankings, Daimion Collins.

Out of the tiny town of Atlanta, Texas, Collins is on the fringe of being a five-star recruit in the composite rankings. OSU was the second Power Five program to offer the long center, behind Bedlam rival OU. But since, a lot more schools have entered the fray.

Collins also has offers from Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, USC and others. Collins played with Team Griffin last summer alongside Obaseki, Robinson, Cortes and Trey Alexander (who we’ll get to). That squad won the Peach Jam in their age group and would likely be the top squad on the EYBL circuit this summer if it happens.

Watching him dominate small-school basketball in Texas is a lot of fun. Here he is as a sophomore. Imagine what he’ll do to those poor children as a senior next year.


Langston Love, 6-4, SG, No. 25

The first new addition to this list, Langston Love is here because of where he plays his high school ball — Montverde Academy.

It’s the same program OSU was able to get Cade Cunningham from. OSU is far from the only school trying to create a pipeline from Montverde, as the program has produced Ben Simmons, R.J. Barrett, Joel Embiid and D’Angelo Russell. With that said Boynton and his staff has been to a lot of Montverde games primarily after Cunningham.

Cunningham likely won’t be in Stillwater when Love would get there, but it does make you wonder whether Cunningham could help recruit his former teammate to his soon-to-be alma mater.

Love has offers from Stanford, Texas, Villanova, Arkansas, Baylor, UCLA and others.


Hunter Sallis, 6-3, CG, No. 30

Hunter Sallis is another player with a link to one of OSU’s 2020 signees.

From Nebraska, Sallis had some battles against Donovan Williams in high school. Sallis announced an OSU offer March 27, which Williams quickly quoted with the reply, “Team up bro?”

The pair played against each other on Feb. 18 in a game where Sallis scored 27 and Williams scored 31, but Sallis’ Millard North squad won 69-67. Sallis is listed as a combo guard, and he possesses the type of versatility that Boynton likes to go after.


Trey Alexander, 6-3, SG, No. 42

Boynton always stresses the importance of getting able athletes from Oklahoma, and Trey Alexander is definitely able.

Out of Heritage Hall, Alexander is the state’s No. 2 recruit behind Robinson and was also a part of that Team Griffin squad that won the Peach Jam last summer. OSU was Alexander’s first offer, and the Cowboys did so all the way back on Oct. 31, 2017, when Alexander was a freshman.

OSU’s top competition for Alexander seems to be Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas A&M, but he also has offers from Kansas, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Ole Miss and others.


Matt Stone, 6-4, SF, Unranked

Kingfisher’s Matt Stone would benefit greatly from summer AAU circuits starting at some point. A three-star, unranked (for now) recruit Stone picked up an OSU offer last June with his only other announced offer to date being Tulsa.

Stone played AAU ball last summer with Oklahoma Run PWP, the program that produced Lindy Waters and the Boone twins.

Listed at 6-4, Stone isn’t the biggest small forward, but he plays as if his hair is on fire.

 

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