NBA Insider for The Athletic Shams Charania broke the news Monday morning Oklahoma State fans had been waiting for since June 5. Potential No. 1 pick and top-seeded point guard from the 2020 class Cade Cunningham has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State University despite NCAA postseason ban.
This decision comes in the midst of many college basketball players rescinding their commitments to play in the NBA G-League rather than participate in college basketball.
Cunningham, coming out of Montverde Academy in Florida, made headlines committing to OSU in November 2019 as a 5-star guard amplifying Mike Boynton’s recruitment class for 2020-21.
Cowboy Basketball, however, was rocked by NCAA violations on June 5 after a thorough investigation ended in a postseason ban for the 2020-21 season as a result of the FBI’s examination into college basketball recruiting.
The news baffled the Cowboy’s athletic department, and the university immediately filed an appeal to fight the NCAA calling the punishment “arbitrary” and “egregious.”
Oklahoma State's statement on the NCAA findings. pic.twitter.com/fa52sB41BP
— OSU Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 5, 2020
The question of whether Cunningham would follow other young players to the G-League or stay at Oklahoma State loomed over Cowboy fans for weeks seeing as it probably made more sense to get paid rather than to play college basketball with tight restrictions.
Cowboy Basketball, however, began releasing the multiple statements from returning and committed players of their intentions to play for OSU this coming season, and Cunningham’s was just over the horizon.
Though the Cowboys still await the verdict on the appeal to the NCAA, they know one thing for sure: Mike Boynton and his staff have a team ready to fight, ready to work, and ready to bring the rowdy to Gallagher-Iba Arena for 2020-21.
Unswerving in allegiance. pic.twitter.com/tuhcIWhTWh
— Cade Cunningham (@CadeCunningham_) June 22, 2020