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Oklahoma State Lands Western Kentucky Transfer Guard Brandon Newman

May 10, 2024
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STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Steve Lutz is bringing one of his players from Western Kentucky. On Friday, transfer guard Brandon Newman took to his Instagram account and announced he’s committing to the Pokes.

Newman, who transferred to Western Kentucky ahead of last season after four seasons at Purdue, checks in at 6-5, 200 pounds, and will have one season to play in Stillwater. This past year with the Hilltoppers, Newman had a solid redshirt senior season as he started in all 34 games, averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 boards per 25.7 minutes per game. He shot 40% from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 73% from the free throw line.

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He was second on the team in scoring and in minutes, as well as assists with 55 on the season. He was, however, second on the team in turnovers with 58, but that number would be third on the Pokes’ stat sheet from last year’s, 39 turnovers behind Javon Small’s 97 and three behind Quion Williams’ 61.

Newman was also second on the team in steals this past season with 1.3 per game, and third with nearly two assists per game. He posted 19 double-digit scoring performances last season and was tabbed All-Conference USA honorable mention following the season.

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Brandon Newman guarding former OSU guard Isaac Likekele

Prior to last season, Newman transferred from Purdue, where he was no doubt recruited by Lutz when he was an assistant for the Boilermakers. In his 2022-23 season, he appeared in all 35 games, starting the final six, and averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 boards per game. He shot 36% from the field that season, along with 44% from 3-point range and 75% from the free throw line.

His sophomore season, Newman averaged nearly 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 25 games in 2021-22 and averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as a redshirt freshman in 2020-21. He played in 28 games that season, starting in 23.

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Oklahoma State Lands Western Kentucky Transfer Guard Brandon Newman

3,402 Views | 8 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by RodeoPoke
Zen
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Wow, continue to not be impressed with most of the new guys coming in so far. Again, where are the tall guys?
This is Big 12 basketball, take the Big seriously.
TUSKAPOKE
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Welcome to OSU! GO POKES!!!
AT4Pokes
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elpryor
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elpryor
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What happened to Cissa? Is he still available? Is Conner Dow a project? What about Boynton's freshman recruit Johnson?Are there any 2025 high school prospects being targeted? This will be a tough year, but I think time will prove we made a good hire.
PokeSmot75
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Cisse committed to Memphis yesterday. Definitely need to get a big or 2 with those last 4 scholarships.
Zach Lancaster
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elpryor said:

What happened to Cissa? Is he still available? Is Conner Dow a project? What about Boynton's freshman recruit Johnson?Are there any 2025 high school prospects being targeted? This will be a tough year, but I think time will prove we made a good hire.
Moussa is headed back to Memphis after his visit last week. They'll definitely need to figure out some bigs out of the portal, but I'm not sure I'm as stressed with how Lutz develops big guys. It'll be interesting to see how Connor Dow turns out because I think there's some potential there, but not as a big, more of a wing. Jeremiah Johnson has the potential to be a solid guard as he keeps climbing the rankings, but I wouldn't expect Lutz and Co. to go after any 2025 recruits as it's too late in the process for anyone of any kind of measure. I expect some 2026 offers to start going out.
RodeoPoke
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I believe there are still a few "bigs" out there, but I don't know their interests, or if they would fit the style of play that coach is looking for.

This is from a list on ESPN+ of the 100 best players in the Portal

11. Coleman Hawkins, 6-10, PF, Sr., Illinois Fighting Illini

Hawkins had the best season of his career as a senior, averaging 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 36.9% from 3 while also showing some defensive versatility. Honorable mention All-Big Ten.


12. JT Toppin, 6-9, PF, Fr., New Mexico Lobos

One of the biggest freshman surprises this past season, Toppin averaged 12.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. Was named second-team All-Mountain West and won the league's Freshman of the Year award.


41. Dillon Mitchell, 6-8, PF, Soph., Texas Longhorns

Mitchell offers plenty of intrigue as a versatile frontcourt player with length and athleticism. Took a big step forward as a sophomore, averaging 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds and shooting 58.5% from the field.


52. Achor Achor, 6-9, PF, Jr., Samford Bulldogs

One of the final entries before the deadline, Achor was a first-team All-SoCon selection after averaging 16.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. He also dominated Kansas in the NCAA tournament, going for 23 and 8.


68. Ven-Allen Lubin, 6-8, F, Soph., Vanderbilt Commodores

A former top-75 prospect in the 2022 class, Lubin averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds this past season. Finished the season on a tear, putting up 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds over his final nine games, including 46 points and 21 boards in his final two games at Vanderbilt.


78. Trevon Brazile, 6-10, PF, Soph., Arkansas Razorbacks

Brazile tore his right ACL in December 2022, which impacted his time at Arkansas. But his ceiling is tremendously high as a skilled forward who has averaged 8.3 points and shot 35.4% from 3 in his career.


90. Ugonna Onyenso, 7-0, C, Soph., Kentucky Wildcats

An elite shot-blocker, Onyenso led the SEC in block rate and was in the top 15 in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage. Averaged 2.8 blocks in less than 19 minutes per game.
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