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Updated: Stats on Oklahoma State's Transfer Portal Additions

May 21, 2024
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STILLWATER – Steve Lutz and Co. have added six players out of the transfer portal up to this point in the offseason. In addition to returning players, which include Bryce Thompson, Connor Dow and Jamyron Keller, and incoming freshman Jeremiah Johnson, Lutz has three roster spots left to fill. 

Based on the size of the players currently signed to the roster, you can expect at least a few of the remaining spots to go to big forwards and centers. 

So, we’ll be sure and update this stat list once more players announce their commitments, but here’s the comparison of the stats between the five former players who have entered the portal, versus the seven players who have already signed out of the portal.

2023-24  Points (per game) Rebounds (per game) Assists (total) Steals (total) Turnovers (total) Blocks (total)
Incoming (6) 63.2 32.8 456 271 341 83
Outgoing (5) 41.9 27.0 295 119 256 73

Let’s take a look at what each of the five new signees bring to the table, starting with the earliest commit, junior point guard Arturo Dean.

Dean takes the spot of former OSU point guard, who’s now committed to West Virginia, Javon Small. Dean checks in at 5-11, 163 pounds and is coming off a rather impressive sophomore season at Florida International. He posted 13.4 points on 42% shooting from the floor, while recorded 5.1 rebounds per game, 124 assists and an NCAA-leading 104 steals. He did, however, recorded 114 turnovers, 17 more than Small had last season. 

Based on the number of turnovers Western Kentucky has last season, you can rest easy know ball handling will be drilled relentlessly over the next six months. But Dean’s assists and scoring would’ve been second on OSU’s stat sheet last season, his rebounds would’ve been third and he had 70 more steals than the leader last season for the Pokes. So, Lutz has added a talented and experienced point guard who knows how to distribute the ball, has the ability to score well at a high clip and is solid on the defensive end of the court. 

Junior forward Robert Jennings II

Jennings checks in at 6-7, 230 pounds and comes in having played a significant number of minutes this past season for Texas Tech in the five spot. His numbers weren’t great, just 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, but due to quite a few injuries last season, was forced to play a role that is vastly different than where he should’ve been playing, which was the four. He’s a physical player who shots the ball well from the field and the free throw line and isn’t afraid to bang around down low. I expect Jennings to flourish in Lutz’s system, as well as playing in a much more appropriate position. 

Senior forward Marchelus Avery

Avery checks in at 6-7, 210 pounds and is coming off a senior season with UCF this past season. He averaged 7.6 points on nearly 40% shooting from the floor, 4.0 rebounds with 23 assists, 22 steals and eight blocks. He spent the prior two seasons at New Mexico State, where he played for current OSU associate head coach, James Miller. So, the familiarity with Avery is there. He should have just one year of eligibility remaining.

Senior guard Davonte ‘Devo’ Davis

This is a name Oklahoma State fans have known for close to six years as Devo originally committed to Mike Boynton and the Pokes back in 2018, before flipping to Arkansas in 2019. He was an SEC All-Defensive team selection following his junior season, which fits right into Lutz’s schemes of playing tough defense. His numbers were down this past season as a senior as he posted just under six points and 3.4 rebounds per game. 

However, he posted 11 points and 4.4 rebounds as a junior. Devo is a tough and gritty guard who should make an immediate impact for the Pokes.

Senior guard Brandon Newman

Newman played for Lutz this past season at Western Kentucky, where the 6-5, 200-pound guard posted 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Prior to his lone season with the Hilltoppers, Newman spent four seasons at Purdue, where Lutz was an assistant. He also posted 55 assists, 44 steals and nine blocks. He did, however, place second on the stat sheet in turnovers with 58. 

Senior center Abou Ousmane

Ousmane is the latest transfer to commit and sign with the Cowboys, the decision coming a few weeks after he was on campus for an official visit. During his lone season at Xavier, Ousmane averaged 6.7 points on nearly 47% shooting from the field, along with bring down 6.4 boards per game an 42 blocks on the season. His 6-10, 244-pound frame makes him the starting center next season by default, as he’s the only true center currently on the roster. But he brings size, strength, physicality and experience to the post position for Lutz, qualities this team is in desperate need of right now.

Senior guard Khalil Brantley

Brantley transfers in from La Salle, where he spent the last three seasons. This past season as a junior, Brantley was great as he averaged 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. So, that’s the production lost from last year’s point guard, Javon Small, who transferred to WVU. Brantely also recorded an impressive 137 assists to just 74 turnovers, just over four assists per game. Those numbers are up from his sophomore season where he averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while recorded 132 assists and 86 turnovers. While the turnovers will need to come down a bit, having a point guard who scores 15 points a game and dishes out more than four assists per game is exactly what you’re looking for.

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Updated: Stats on Oklahoma State's Transfer Portal Additions

5,145 Views | 10 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Zach Lancaster
Doug Gosney
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Thanks Zach. Great article and insight. Glad we're getting some players. Will be interesting to see how long this re build takes. I saw an article that the top portal transfer got a $2m NIL deal. There's players on NBA rosters that don't make that. It's a brand new world.
Zach Lancaster
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Doug Gosney said:

Thanks Zach. Great article and insight. Glad we're getting some players. Will be interesting to see how long this re build takes. I saw an article that the top portal transfer got a $2m NIL deal. There's players on NBA rosters that don't make that. It's a brand new world.
Yeah that was Great Osobor who following Sprinkle to Washington. There's a few spots left to fill and while I don't think there will be an immediate turnaround next season, I think we'll definitely see some on-court differences from last season. I also don't think it'll take more than 2-3 seasons for a turnaround. Not saying it'll take that long, but based on everything I've read about him at previous stops, and talking with various people close to the program, I think Lutz knows what he's doing and will be good for the program.
Zen
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Unless the 4 remaining spots are filled with super stars, this is a roster that does not impress in the least.
So disappointed so far. Let's hope that 163 lbs guard never takes a charge because he will be splattered across the floor. Too small for Big 12 physical play.
$2 million bucks to buy a college player makes me sick.
Can't get excited for next season with this kind of roster.
Fortunately, I can switch over to Cowboy wrestling to watch an exciting team.
RodeoPoke
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Zen said:

Unless the 4 remaining spots are filled with super stars, this is a roster that does not impress in the least.
So disappointed so far. Let's hope that 163 lbs guard never takes a charge because he will be splattered across the floor. Too small for Big 12 physical play.
$2 million bucks to buy a college player makes me sick.
Can't get excited for next season with this kind of roster.
Fortunately, I can switch over to Cowboy wrestling to watch an exciting team.
my gosh.. coach does not even have his roster full and we have people leaving loser comments already.

I am so disappointed in much of the OSU fan base.

We had a great roster last year and what did that get us?

I'm excited to see what this guy can do, even if we happen to struggle a bit getting the program reset.

I can't wait to see it.
Doug Gosney
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Yes, I'm excited too for next season and beyond. Thanks.
NJAggie
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At this point as long as he has a roster I'm happy.

I think it will show when they hit the floor if they're playing like a team and growing over the course of the season and not just random bursts of good play.
pho#3016
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Zen your negativity is overwhelming and miss-informed. NIL is here, I don't like it but it is what it is for now. I would encourage you to get more involved both information wise and financially in the program (NIL). Coach Lutz is solid and doing what he can with what he has for this year. I am confident he will get there... Until you learn about his philosophy and his plan for O-State Hoops go ahead with turning over to wrestling, but they are playing the NIL game as well. I'm as excited about Coach Taylor and for OSU Wrestling, but you're talking out your rear end on basketball. I'm under no illusion that we are going to the tournament in basketball next year, but he has a plan and he is a good man.
Orangeheart72
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I wouldn't throw tournament hopes out quite yet. Eddie took players who hadn't been great and turned them into strong, competitive teams. Perhaps Lutz will have at least some of that magical touch. And it only takes a couple/three basketball players to make a huge team difference. Maybe he's got one or two now and adds one or two more.
RodeoPoke
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Orangeheart72 said:

I wouldn't throw tournament hopes out quite yet. Eddie took players who hadn't been great and turned them into strong, competitive teams. Perhaps Lutz will have at least some of that magical touch. And it only takes a couple/three basketball players to make a huge team difference. Maybe he's got one or two now and adds one or two more.
I'm with you 72, I'm not throwing out tournament hopes just yet, but we do need some more bigs on the roster to make that happen, IMO.

Personally, I'm at least going to wait until he completes his team before I start making any of my own assessments.
Zach Lancaster
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RodeoPoke said:

Orangeheart72 said:

I wouldn't throw tournament hopes out quite yet. Eddie took players who hadn't been great and turned them into strong, competitive teams. Perhaps Lutz will have at least some of that magical touch. And it only takes a couple/three basketball players to make a huge team difference. Maybe he's got one or two now and adds one or two more.
I'm with you 72, I'm not throwing out tournament hopes just yet, but we do need some more bigs on the roster to make that happen, IMO.

Personally, I'm at least going to wait until he completes his team before I start making any of my own assessments.
I think both of these thoughts are appropriate in that I think throwing tournament hopes out this early, no matter the roster, is a silly move as there's a LOT of time left before next March. Second, while I like the players Lutz has brought in so far, and there is no denying there is some talent there, the coaching staff still has three spots to fill and this can/should look way different in a few months time. So, it's safe to hold "judgement" until the roster's complete.
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