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Report: Medved, Alford, Drew ‘In the Mix’ for Oklahoma State Vacancy

Three names to keep track of as OSU’s search continues on.

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To this point, Oklahoma State’s hiring process has been kept mostly under wraps, but a trusted national reporter has finally provided a little insight.

Colorado State’s Niko Medved, Nevada’s Steve Alford and Grand Canyon’s Bryce Drew are “in the mix” for the Cowboys’ vacancy, according to Adam Zagoria.

Niko Medved

Medved led Colorado State to a 25-11 record this past season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Rams’ second since he took over in 2018.

The Rams ranked among the best nationally in assists per made field goal and 2-point field goal percentage while playing in a competitive Mountain West that saw six teams make the field. CSU was ranked as highly as the No. 13 team in the country this season.

Colorado State’s other Tournament appearance under Medved came in 2022 when he led the Rams to a 25-6 record. He has gone 117-75 (.609) as the Rams’ coach.

Before Colorado State, Medved coached Drake for one season, where the Bulldogs went 17-17.

Before that, Medved had a four-year stint at Furman that saw the Paladins go 62-71, earning a regular-season conference title for the 2016-17 season, a year Furman went 23-12.

Steve Alford

Among these three candidates, Alford has by far the most experience as a head coach.

Alford has made five Division-I stops and has led all of those teams to at least one NCAA Tournament appearance.

He led Nevada to a 26-8 record this past season, including a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. He has been with the Wolf Pack since 2019, accumulating a 96-59 (.619) record and those two tourney appearances.

He was at UCLA from 2013-2019, accumulating a 124-63 record while leading the Bruins to four NCAA Tournaments in those six seasons. UCLA made three Sweet 16s in four seasons under Alford.

Alford got to UCLA after a successful stint with New Mexico, where he had a 155-52 (.759) record in six seasons. He led the Lobos to three NCAA Tournaments, four Mountain West regular-season titles and two Mountain West tournament titles in that time.

He was at Iowa from 1999-2007, leading the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Tournaments during that eight-year stretch. Iowa won the Big Ten tournament twice during Alford’s time in Iowa City.

His first D-I job came at Missouri State, where Alford was 78-48 in four seasons. The Bears made the Tournament in Alford’s final year there.

Bryce Drew

The younger brother of Baylor coach Scott Drew, Bryce has led Grand Canyon to three NCAA Tournaments in his four years at the helm.

Grand Canyon was 30-5 this past season, winning both the WAC regular season and conference tournament. In total with the Antelopes, Drew has won two WAC regular seasons and three WAC tournaments.

His only experience as a high-major coach came with Vanderbilt from 2016 to 2019. The Commodores went 40-59 in that stretch, making the Tournament in Drew’s first season.

Drew got his start as a head coach by taking over at Valparaiso for his father. In five seasons with the Beacons, Drew went 124-49, leading Valpo to a pair of NCAA Tournaments, four Horizon League regular-season titles and two Horizon League tournament crowns.

Drew’s 2023-24 squad was among the nation’s best at getting to the foul line and ranked in the top 10 nationally in effective field-goal percentage defense and 2-point percentage defense.

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