OSU basketball is an outlier within the loopy low season of 2021. The Cowboys have a relatively stable roster.
That isn’t the norm.
It’s laborious to maintain up. The transfers have slowed – the grace interval ends June 30 – however nonetheless happen. Just some days in the past, Texas Tech acquired star ahead Bryson Williams from Texas-El Paso. So motion hasn’t stopped.
The Massive 12 is split into two camps. OSU joins Baylor, Kansas State and West Virginia with comparatively steady rosters. Not a lot completely different than within the days earlier than free company.
However OU, Tech, Texas Christian, Kansas, Iowa State and Texas have new-look groups.
Right here’s an replace on every basketball roster within the Massive 12, because it pertains to the comings and goings of transfers, ranked by overhaul.
1. Texas Tech
Coming in: Bryson Williams, 6-8, r-sr., Texas-El Paso; Sadaar Calhoun, 6-6, jr., Florida State; Davion Warren, 6-6, sr., Hampton; Mylik Wilson, 6-3, so., Louisiana-Lafayette; Daniel Batcho, fr., 6-11, Arizona; Adonis Arms, r-sr., Winthrop.
Going out: Avery Benson, Texas; Nimari Burnett, Alabama; Jamarius Burton, Pittsburgh; Vladislav Goldin; Kyler Edwards, Houston; Joel Ntabwe, Florida Atlantic; Micah Peavy, TCU; Tyreek Smith, Oklahoma State.
Internet: When gamers began bolting after Chris Beard’s exodus to Texas, you felt sorry for the Purple Raiders. However new coach Mark Adams made a fast restoration. Williams averaged 15.1 factors and seven.4 rebounds final season at UTEP. Warren averaged 21.2 factors a recreation at Hampton. Wilson averaged 12.9 factors a recreation at ULL. Arms averaged 10.5 factors a recreation at Winthrop. The Purple Raiders might be high-quality.
Coming in: Tanner Groves, r-jr., 6-9, Eastern Washington; Jacob Groves, so., 6-7, Eastern Washington; Jordan Goldwire, sr., 6-2, Duke; Ethan Chargois, 6-9, sr., Southern Methodist; Marvin Johnson, 6-6, sr., Jap Illinois.
Going out: De’Vion Harmon, Oregon; Brady Manek, North Carolina; Victor Iwuakor, Nevada-Las Vegas; Alondes Williams, Wake Forest; Kur Kuath, Marquette; Trey Phipps, Oral Roberts; Josh O’Garro, San Jose State; Anyang Garang, Maryland-Baltimore County; Rick Issanza.
Internet: Fascinating makeover. Most likely a web lack of expertise. Harmon and Manek have been prime-time gamers, Williams and Kuath had their moments, and Phipps and Iwuakor have been promising younger gamers. However new coach Porter Moser introduced within the Groves brothers, the darlings of the NCAA Match, plus a Duke level guard in Goldwire. Chargois ought to play a ton on the within, and Johnson brings much-needed athletic capacity.
Coming in: Damion Baugh, 6-3, so., Memphis; Micah Peavy, 6-7, fr., Texas Tech; Maxwell Evans, 6-2, sr., Vanderbilt; Cashius McNeilly, 6-4, so., Texas A&M; Emanuel Miller, 6-7, so., Texas A&M; Xavier Cork, 6-9, so., Western Carolina; Shahada Wells, 6-0, jr., Texas-Arlington.
Going out: Jaedon LeDee, San Diego State; Kevin Samuell Jr.; Taryn Todd, New Mexico; Diante Smith, South Alabama; Terren Frank, Vanderbilt; Dylan Arnette, Western New Mexico; Kevin Easley Jr., Duquesne; Mickey Pearson Jr., Ball State.
Internet: One other excessive makeover. And Jamie Dixon clearly introduced in some expertise. Miller averaged 16.2 factors at A&M. Wells averaged 16.8 factors at UTA. Cork averaged 12.7 at Western Carolina. Evans averaged 8.5 at Vanderbilt. Baugh at Memphis and Peavy at Tech every performed about 20 minutes per recreation.
Coming in: Cam Martin, 6-9, sr., Missouri Southern; Remy Martin, 6-3, sr., Arizona State; Joseph Yesufu, 6-0, so, Drake; Jalen Coleman-Lands, 6-4, r-sr., Iowa State.
Going out: Tristan Enaruna, Iowa State; Silvia de Sousa; Littrell Jossell, Stephen F. Austin; Tyon Grant-Foster, DePaul; Gethro Muscadin, New Mexico; Bryce Thompson, Oklahoma State.
Internet: Massive plus. Invoice Self introduced in 4 gamers who have been double-digit scorers final season. Remy Martin is an all-Pac-12 guard. Coleman-Lands averaged 14.3 factors a recreation at Iowa State. Yesufu averaged 12.8 factors at Drake. Cam Martin, from Yukon, is the all-time main scorer at Division II Missouri Southern. Massive infusion of expertise.
Coming in: Dylan Disu, 6-9, so., Vanderbilt; Timmy Allen, 6-6, jr., Utah; Devin Askew, 6-3, fr., Kentucky; Christian Bishop, 6-7, jr., Creighton; Avery Benson, 6-4, r-jr., Texas Tech.
Going out: Royce Hamm Jr., Nevada-Las Vegas; Kameka Hepa, Hawaii; Gerald Liddell, Alabama State; Will Baker, Nevada; Donovan Williams, Nevada-Las Vegas.
Internet: One other huge bonanza. New coach Chris Beard introduced in three double-digit scorers – Disu averaged 15.0 factors final season at Vanderbilt, Allen averaged 15.6 factors over three years at Utah and Bishop averaged 11.0 at Creighton. Askew was a big-time recruit at Kentucky who averaged 28.9 minutes final season. And Benson was a Beard favourite at Texas Tech, the place Benson was a defensive specialist. All with no mass exodus.
6. Iowa State
Coming in: Izaiah Brockington, 6-4, r-jr., Penn State; Tristan Enaruna, 6-8, so., Kansas; Caleb Grill, 6-3, so, Nevada-Las Vegas; Robert Jones, 6-10, so., Denver; Gabe Kalscheur, 6-4, jr., Minnesota; Aljaz Kunc, 6-8, jr., Washington State.
Going out: Rasir Bolton, Gonzaga; Jalen Coleman-Lands, Kansas; Tyler Harris, Memphis; Dudley Blackwell; Nate Schuster; Nate Jenkins, Wisconsin-Inexperienced Bay; Darlinstone Dubar, Hofstra.
Internet: Massive loss. New coach T.J. Otzelberger introduced in some gamers – Brockington averaged 12.6 factors at Penn State, Kalschuer averaged 10.4 at Minnesota, Grill averaged 9.1 at UNLV and Jones averaged 9.1 at Denver. Additionally, Kunc performed loads at Washington State. However Bolton is a star, and Coleman-Lands was a scorer. When Gonzaga and Kansas get your gamers, you understand you’ve misplaced some expertise.
7. Kansas State
Coming in: Markquis Nowell, 5-7, jr., Arkansas-Little Rock; Ismael Massoud, 6-8, so., Wake Forest; Mark Smith, 6-5, sr., Missouri.
Going out: Antonio Gordon, Southeastern Louisiana; Rudi Williams, Coastal Carolina; DaJuan Gordon, Missouri; Joe Petrakis.
Internet: Bruce Weber introduced in three good gamers. Nowell averaged 14.3 factors at UALR, Smith averaged 10.3 for Missouri (and scored 11 vs. OU within the NCAA Match), and Massoud averaged 8.3 for Wake.
8. West Virginia
Coming in: Dimon Carrigan, 6-9, sr., Florida Worldwide; Pauly Paulicap, 6-8, r-sr., DePaul; Malik Curry, 6-1, sr., Previous Dominion.
Going out: Emmitt Matthews Jr., Washington; Jordan McCabe, Nevada-Las Vegas.
Internet: Constructive, though the possible lack of Miles McBride to the NBA Draft and the for-sure lack of Derek Culver to the professionals will harm extra. Curry averaged 14.3 factors a recreation at ODU, and Carrigan and Paulicap have been key contributors. However all three incoming transfers are seniors, that means Bob Huggins will face one other main rebuilding job.
9. Oklahoma State
Coming in: Woody Newton, 6-8, fr., Syracuse; Tyreek Smith, 6-7, r-fr., Texas Tech; Bryce Thompson, 6-5, fr., Kansas.
Going out: Ferron Flavors Jr., Robert Morris.
Internet: Massive plus. The Cowboys retain most of their roster from the NCAA Match staff, Cade Cunningham being the notable exception. Thompson was one of many nation’s high recruits a 12 months in the past, and whereas neither Smith nor Newton have been big-impact gamers, Smith is an athletic huge man and Newton is a fringe shooter, and each have been at high-achieving packages.
Coming in: James Akinjo, 6-4, jr., Arizona; Dale Bonner, 6-3, r-so., Fairmont State.
Going out: Tristan Clark, SMU.
Internet: Whenever you win the NCAA championship with three NBA-bound guards like Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague, the switch portal just isn’t fairly as huge of stories. However Scott Drew has been gathering expertise. Akinjo will assist a ton – he averaged 15.6 factors at Arizona – and Bonner averaged 21.2 at Division II Fairmont State.
Mid-majors lacking in Faculty World Sequence
James Madison and star pitcher Odicci Alexander made a stirring run to the Women’s College World Series semifinals. They have been the hit of the NCAA softball championships, which concluded last week with a Sooner national title.
Now it’s baseball’s flip for heart stage, and there are no James Madisons within the bracket. Texas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Stanford, Arizona, North Carolina State and Virginia comprise the sphere.
The final hope for a mid-major Cinderella was Dallas Baptist, which misplaced to Virginia on Monday in Recreation 3 of their Tremendous Regional sequence.
The James Madison/Dallas Baptist fates acquired me to pondering. Which sport has the extra parity, significantly for groups outdoors the intense lights of the Energy 5 conferences, which use soccer cash to generate top-flight amenities and recruiting budgets?
And the reply clearly is baseball.
Within the final 10 years, championships from 2011-21 (there have been no 2020 tournaments), the Faculty World Sequence in Omaha has welcomed seven mid-majors. Cal State-Fullerton in 2017 and 2015, Coastal Carolina in 2016, Cal-Santa Barbara in 2016, Cal-Irvine in 2014, Kent State in 2012 and Stony Brook in 2012.
Coastal Carolina even gained the championship in 2016.
There was no such success within the Girls’s Faculty World Sequence. The one mid-majors the final 10 years have been James Madison, Louisiana-Lafayette in 2014 and South Florida in 2012. ULL and USF didn’t win a recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis.
And entry to the WCWS is getting worse, not higher, for mid-majors. Within the 10 seasons from 2001-10, 5 mid-majors made the Sequence – Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003 and 2008, DePaul 2005 and 2007, and Hawaii in 2010.
Within the 10 seasons earlier than that, 28 mid-majors made the WCWS, and Fresno State gained the championship in 1998. That’s 28 out of 80 slots, 35 p.c.
We all know what occurred. Around the turn of the century, schools in the South, particularly the Southeastern Conference but in addition the Atlantic Coast Convention, started including softball and/or investing closely in it. Now the SEC is a softball powerhouse.
Moreover, the softball choice committee started seeding groups much less on geography, so there have been fewer Northeast representatives with a combating likelihood. Massachusetts made the WCWS in 1992, 1997 and 1998. Princeton made it in 1995 and 1996. Connecticut in 1993.
Baseball equally has joined the arms race, however the mid-major baseball conferences have hung in higher. Heck, 4 of the final 17 CWS champions have come outdoors the facility conferences – Coastal Carolina in 2016, Fresno State in 2008, Cal State-Fullerton in 2004 and Rice in 2003.
Nonetheless, it’s getting increasingly troublesome for the little man to compete in NCAA baseball. And it’s even worse for the little gal in NCAA softball.
Mailbag: 1949 Sooners
In my recent ranking of the best OU football teams not to win a national championship, I didn’t put the 1949 Sooners excessive. My reasoning: segregation days. Some took exception.
Don: “Whoa, there, Brother Berry! Oklahoma’s 1949 soccer staff shouldn’t be ranked as excessive among the many nation’s high 50 non-champions? As a result of they didn’t have Blacks on their groups? Since when do lists resembling this require a racial quota? I recall a number of Michigan State groups with a number of Black gamers through the segregation period. Duffy Daugherty’s groups have been good however weren’t nice. Ohio State additionally had some nice Black gamers when OU was the dominant staff of the 1950.
“Matter of truth, there actually weren’t as many nice Black gamers to recruit as one would assume, even ought to there have been no segregation. HBCU groups improved as school attendance amongst Blacks improved. Grambling was an outlier for years amongst Black soccer packages. Even the nice Prentice Gautt could not begin at OU till his junior season in 1958. Even although Prentice had one of many biggest runs I ever noticed on Owen Subject, he was not the dominant operating again as had been Tommy McDonald, Leon Heath; and particularly Clendon Thomas.
“How about a few of Notre Dame’s nice groups? Not many Blacks. Why? They could not meet the stringent tutorial requirements. The soiled secret in NCAA soccer, is that extra Black gamers had an opportunity to excel when tutorial requirements have been relaxed nearly all over the place.
“So what about eligibility? A main cause that the 1949 OU staff (and lots of different groups of their period) have been good, was that they have been older. It wasn’t uncommon to see 23-, 24- and 25-year-olds on the sphere (and I consider Darrell Royal and perhaps Stan West have been 26). Groups of the trendy period have had the benefit of the redshirt, or fifth 12 months of eligibility, a bonus not accessible till the Sixties (and the medical redshirt nonetheless counted towards the athlete even then). So ought to we are saying that say, a median Barry Switzer membership of the early Eighties was higher than the 1955 or 1956 Sooners?
“Will we have a look at age and race as a measure of greatness amongst at this time’s groups? As an illustration, some observers would little question rank Bob Fenimore a lot decrease among the many operating backs at OSU, but there he’s, on the high of these lists.
“To me, you permit the social components of any period out of the equation and measure them towards the competitors they confronted on the time. Goodness gracious; the 1949 Sooners have been the measure of greatness for a few years at Oklahoma.”
Tramel: It’s an interesting debate. However to reply the preliminary query, lists resembling these require a racial quota once we keep in mind that soccer in 1949 in a lot of America, together with in Oklahoma, required a racial quote. The utmost variety of African-American gamers allowed was zero.
So far as tutorial requirements, we had segregated and inferior public faculties for minorities, then we used sure tutorial necessities to maintain them out of universities. I don’t see how that improves the case for the 1949 Sooners.
And sure, some faculties in 1949 have been built-in. However OU didn’t play a lot of them. OU’s greatest rivals, Texas and Oklahoma A&M, had no African-American gamers. And OU’s bowl video games often have been towards southern faculties – let’s see, North Carolina State 1947, North Carolina 1948, LSU 1949, Kentucky 1950, Maryland 1953, Maryland 1955, Duke 1957. That will get us to Gautt’s barrier-breaking 12 months of ‘57.
For a few years, we simply shrugged on issues like baseball historical past and school soccer historical past and did not contemplate race.
However we did contemplate the struggle.
Awards and honors and successes in baseball throughout World Warfare II largely have been pushed apart, as a result of we all know it was an inferior product. Among the finest gamers have been gone.
Identical with school soccer.
So why not contemplate race, too? Among the finest gamers have been gone for many years.
I really feel dangerous disrespecting the ‘49 Sooners. Considered one of my all-time favourite groups. They have been dominant. I got to know several of those guys, Royal included. Interviewed several of those players. Their story of beating the Germans and the Japanese, then beating Texas and Nebraska, is fairly cool.
However does anybody wish to embody Bennie Owen’s 1915 Sooners on such lists? They have been 10-0 and fairly dominant. We don’t depend these dusty days of historical past as a result of we don’t know that a lot in regards to the high quality of the play and the standard of the competitors. The gamers have been migratory; the sport was not refined.
Thirty-four years later, we knew loads in regards to the recreation. Soccer had develop into extra refined. Nevertheless it had not develop into inclusive.
1949 school soccer and far of the last decade to return, at the very least on this a part of the nation, was like pre-1947 baseball. Among the finest gamers not solely didn’t play, they weren’t allowed to play.
I don’t understand how that makes the ‘49 Sooners excessive on this checklist. They actually have been dominant towards their competitors. However their competitors was inferior.
NBA may look at low cost fouls
Trae Younger held the ball on the perimeter Monday evening, guarded by Joel Embiid. The 76er large correctly stayed a wholesome distance again from Younger, whose quickness would flip Embiid sideways and crossways in any one-on-one matchup.
Embiid’s defensive technique made Younger assume, even when just for a split-second. Younger went by way of the a whole lot of choices, his expertise of three NBA seasons, and made one of the best resolution.
He pump-faked. Whenever you’re a 6-foot guard who can swish from third-and-long territory, defenders are powerless to not reply. You pump-fake, they bounce. So Embiid jumped. Not straight up, since he was so healthily faraway from Younger, however at an angle.
Embiid landed effectively in entrance of Younger. However Younger already had set the entice. As Embiid landed, Younger jumped into Embiid and feigned a shot. The ball was going nowhere, as a result of when Younger’s arms hit Embiid’s physique, Embiid’s physique wins each time. However Younger had no real interest in launching the ball towards the basket. Younger sought just one factor.
The candy sound of a referee’s whistle. And certain sufficient, right here it got here. Foul on Embiid. Foul photographs for Younger. A taking pictures foul, on a play during which Younger didn’t shoot and had no intention of taking pictures.
To not choose on Younger, who is considered one of my favorites, a graduate of Norman North (a few mile from my home) and the son of Rayford Younger (considered one of my favourite Massive Eight/Massive 12 gamers ever, as a speedy Texas Tech level guard).
However Trae discovered his tips effectively. The NBA stratosphere is stuffed with artful gamers who draw whistles for fouls that have been created through fake photographs.
Chris Paul. James Harden. Luka Doncic. A number of different stars, and even journeymen, have perfected the artwork of getting fouled at probably the most advantageous time.
We all know it’s bogus once we see it. However we don’t know what to do about it.
However the NBA may be looking for out. ESPN reported that the league’s competitors committee met Monday to discover the development of “unnatural taking pictures motions” drawing fouls.
I like the terminology. “Unnatural.” That’s precisely what the offensive gamers are doing. They provoke contact and are rewarded.
In fact, I don’t see why these performs are fouls. Fouling is about benefit. If a participant doesn’t reap a bonus from contact, why ought to there be a foul?
And when Trae Younger jumps into Joel Embiid, not as a result of Younger needs to shoot, however as a result of Younger needs to collide with Embiid, the place’s the benefit? Why the foul?
ESPN reported that the NBA has compiled a video that reveals a wide range of motions deemed squishy. The competitors committee will current the video to NBA normal managers, looking for a proposal on which the homeowners can vote.
The slide to extra offense often is an effective factor, however not on this case. Foul photographs are the least thrilling factor in basketball. All this excellent motion, by gamers and ball, all this battle, offense vs. protection, involves a cease when immediately a whistle blows and a solitary participant stands on the foul line.
Foul photographs are boring.
But in addition, factors through the foul line aren’t very satisfying, even on a sound foul. Like a area objective kicked after a pass-interference penalty. There’s not a lot of a way of incomes the factors. Fouls in basketball and penalties in soccer are obligatory, however something we will do to minimize their affect, we must always.
The NBA competitors committee is made up of a gaggle of homeowners, GMs, coaches, gamers and referees. Among the many members are Celtics normal supervisor Brad Stevens, Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Spurs chief govt officer R.C. Buford. ESPN reported that the competitors committee hopes the adjustments could be handed earlier than the NBA Summer time League in August in order that referees can begin acclimating.
Here’s a hearty vote for passage.
GOOD EATS: Gabriella’s
Does anybody else miss the outdated County Line barbeque? Sitting on Persimmon Hill, close to the Nationwide Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in a cool venue with nice views and cubby holes for tables, the County Line was an Oklahoma establishment.
Then it closed a few decade in the past.
Bummer. However as a substitute is Gabriella’s, with its personal lush historical past, serving Italian meals in the identical fabulous setting.
Chef/proprietor Vicki Muhs descends from the hallowed meals grounds of Krebs in southeastern Oklahoma, the place a quartet of Italian eating places made the hamlet simply east of McAlester a vacation spot for Oklahomans of many generations. Pete’s Place, Isle of Capri, Giacomo’s and Roseanna’s have been identified state broad and past. Giacomo’s now’s closed. However the Krebs legacy lives on at Gabriella’s.
The Giacomo household migrated to southeastern Oklahoma in 1895 to work within the booming coal enterprise. Our Meals Dude, Dave Cathey, has written about Krebs’ Italian legacy.
Muhs is the nice niece of Dominic Giacomo, who opened “Isle of Capri” in 1953. Muhs, who grew up working in “Isle of Capri,” opened a “Gabriella’s” in South Padre Island in 2003. She and her husband got here to Oklahoma Metropolis a number of years later and took over the County Line constructing, which was inbuilt 1935 and by 1939 was the Kentucky Membership, a den of inequity, with playing, dancing and ingesting. The Kentucky Membership was rebuilt after a 1949 fireplace and rebranded because the Ramada Membership.
Ultimately, County Line moved in, the constructing having survived police raids, the fireplace and decay.
Muhs’ husband, a contractor, restored the constructing and Gabriella’s opened in 2012, with all of the outdated allure of its historical past and all of the Italian historical past up from Krebs.
5-layer lasagna is the specialty of the home, however Gabriella’s additionally presents family-style dinners within the vein of Krebs. It’s a enjoyable place to dine, for its historic standing not simply in OKC, however 132 miles to the southeast.
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