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Western Kentucky Transfer Brandon Newman Commits to Oklahoma State

It’ll be Newman’s third stint with Steve Lutz.



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Steve Lutz will have a familiar face on his first Oklahoma State roster.

Western Kentucky transfer Brandon Newman committed to Oklahoma State on Friday. Newman started his college career at Purdue while Lutz was an assistant with the Boilermakers. He then transferred to WKU to join a Hilltopper team that Lutz was the head coach of. Listed at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Newman averaged 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game this past season. He should have one season of eligibility remaining.


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Out of Valparaiso, Indiana, Newman was a four-star recruit in the 2019 class. He initially chose Purdue over offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Creighton, Kansas State, Florida State and others. Rivals listed Newman as the No. 85 player in his recruiting class.

He redshirted during the 2019-20 season with the Boilermakers before playing in 28 games and making 23 starts as a redshirt freshman. He averaged eight points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists a game that season while shooting 38% from deep and 94% from the foul line. He scored 29 points in a game against Minnesota that season, going 5-for-6 from 3.

Newman then took part in 25 games as a sophomore, with his averages dropping to 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds a game while shooting 32% from deep. In 35 games as a junior, Newman averaged six points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game before entering the transfer portal.

Recommitting to Lutz at Western Kentucky, Newman put up his best statistical season to date in Conference USA, averaging in double figures. He scored a season-high 25 points in a game against Jacksonville State. Newman was WKU’s second-leading scorer and rebounder this past season.

Newman becomes the Cowboys’ fifth portal pledge since Lutz took over in Stillwater on April 1. He joins Arturo Dean (FIU), Robert Jennings II (Texas Tech), Marchelus Avery (UCF) and Davonte Davis (Arkansas). Newman is the ninth scholarship player on OSU’s roster, meaning Lutz has four scholarships still to use.

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