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OSU basketball: Graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham to leave program

OSU basketball: Graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham to leave program

Oklahoma State’s Mike Cunningham (55) moves against Minnesota’s Amir Coffey during an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Oklahoma State graduate transfer guard Mike Cunningham is no longer with the program, per a release from the school.

CBS Sports Jon Rothstein first reported the news. He said Cunningham was going to pursue professional opportunities.

The Lanham, Maryland, native appeared in seven games for the Cowboys this season, scoring eight points per game in 18.3 minutes per appearance. Cunningham missed the past four games because of a violation of team rules, along with freshmen Kentrevious Jones.

He transferred to OSU from USC Upstate, where he appeared in 96 games during a three-year span.

OSU coach Mike Boynton said Cunningham has been available, but because he didn’t live up to his standards, he wasn’t going to play him until Boynton thought the time was right.

“Mike has decided that he wants to move on to the next phase of his life,” Boynton said in a release. “We wish him well and thank him for the contributions he made in his short time with the program. The standards of Cowboy basketball will never be lowered for a short-term gain. We are building on a foundation established by Mr. Henry Iba, Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, Desmond Mason and countless others who deserve to always be proud of the way we do things in Stillwater. This year’s team, though young, will continue to take pride in who they represent.”

The Cowboys return to action Tuesday when they host Texas at 6 p.m.

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