Oklahoma State’s Yor Anei could be entering the NCAA Basketball transfer portal. Which teams should make a run at the sophomore forward?
There was a lot of hype for the Oklahoma State Cowboys early this offseason. They have the incoming No. 1 NCAA Basketball recruit in Cade Cunningham, along with key returning players, Isaac Likekele and Yor Anei. A rebound from this past disappointing season was in the works, with Ok State making a push towards the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
However, a recent decision by the NCAA has changed everything for the program. For over a year, Oklahoma State Basketball has been dealing with potential sanctions after now-former assistant Lamont Evans was tied to the FBI Investigation involving impermissible recruiting and financial benefits. The Cowboys were one of the first programs involved to get hit by the NCAA, giving a one-year postseason ban, along with other punishments.
Immediately after the news, all the attention turned towards the players, particularly Cunningham. So far though, the indication looks as if the top-prospect still plans to arrive in Stillwater, along with most of the roster staying intact. However, it seems as if one player has made a different decision.
While not “official” yet, there seems to be a lot of noise surrounding this rumor. And with him very likely to be immediately eligible for next season, it makes sense for Anei to make the move. He’s started for the Cowboys in the last two seasons, averaging 7.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 22 mpg. The 6’10 forward/center is known for his elite defense, ranking as one of the top shot-blockers in the country each year. He’s had multiple games of eight blocked shots while being three away from a triple-double against TCU as a freshman.
For now, teams can’t officially contact Anei until he enters the portal but odds are good that’ll happen in the next few days. When that does happen, look for these following programs to make a run at the Cowboy big man.