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OSU basketball: Tidbits from first Cowboy practice

OSU basketball: Tidbits from first Cowboy practice

Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in the Big 12 men’s tournament Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

STILLWATER – When the Oklahoma State men’s basketball team took the maple floors of its practice gym Monday, Michael Weathers wasn’t there.

Cowboy coach Mike Boynton suspended the redshirt sophomore guard from team activities after he was arrested and charged with grand larceny. The incident stems from a situation at a Stillwater bar in early September.

Weathers made his initial appearance in court Monday morning, and he has another date scheduled for Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., which is five days before OSU’s season opener.

The transfer from Miami (Ohio) was expected to be a key contributor this season. At this point, there’s no indication as to when or if he could return.

“I don’t know when or if to expect him back,” Boynton said. “Obviously, it’s an ongoing process. I’ll just say this and I’ll leave it there: Certainly disappointed in that he would put himself in the position to affect not only his own self but someone else, our team, the university.

“It’s not something that we condone, it’s something that we take very seriously, that’s the reason he’s not been a part of our team since then, and we’ll just kind of wait and see where the process goes until we make any further comments or discussion.”

Kentrevious Jones and weight loss

Out of all the Cowboy freshman who will make appearances this season, Kentrevious Jones will have changed the most from when he stepped on campus to tipoff.

When Boynton recruited Jones, he told the center there would be big changes in his life, most notably his weight. Since he arrived on campus, Jones has lost 52 pounds.

“Kent’s lost like a whole kid,” junior guard Lindy Waters said. “He looks like a brand-new man.”

Boynton agreed with Waters, saying his weight loss equates to a “big kid.” Boynton challenged Jones during recruiting, and it paid off.

“I’d be lying if I told you I thought he’d be 50 pounds down already,” Boynton said.

Shot tracking technology

Near the entrance of the practice gym, a basketball rack with flashing red and green lights awaited players to join practice.

The balls were charging, as they are a part of new technology OSU is using to track shots. Along with a clip on player’s shoes, there are scattered sensors on the ceiling of the practice gym that helps track the player’s shots.

The technology is pivotal for players and coaches.

“I think it’s most beneficial for the guys,” Boynton said. “A lot of times, you talk pretty generically about how you should work, things you should improve on. Now, we have a system where we can measure those things for them.”

Young vocal leader

When discussing freshman who have made an impact from a leadership standpoint early on, one name stands out.

Isaac Likekele.

The Mansfield, Texas, native has shown his capabilities to be a vocal leader early, drawing respect from his veteran teammates. Junior forward Cameron McGriff said his ability to lead by example early on will help him and the team throughout the season.

“He’s the most vocal guy that we have among the younger guys,” McGriff said. “I think (his leadership) will come naturally. I think we all have an open ear for one another. I’ll listen to him just as much as I expect him to take criticism from me.”

Looking ahead

The Cowboys’ exhibition against Ouachita Baptist is Nov. 4, and their season opener at Charlotte is Saturday, Nov. 10. OSU’s home opener is Wednesday, Nov. 14 against The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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