The NCAA ruled today that Oklahoma State is facing a one-year postseason ban due to fallout from the Christian Dawkins situation. Normally I would see this news cross my Twitter timeline and yawn about it because that’s not a program I spend much time thinking about and I’ve grown heavily fatigued with every story about NCAA compliance, but this one cuts through because the Cowboys had recruited the no.1 recruit in the country, Cade Cunningham, for this season.
So now the question becomes, what will he do? These are the options:
- Stay at Oklahoma State
- Go to another school
- Go to the G-League, which now offers money and life-skills training to basketball players of college age
- Play overseas (Australia/New Zealand/Europe/etc.)
This will all of a sudden become a very big story, and perhaps an indicator of where things are headed for elite 18/19-year-old basketball players.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about Cunningham, or just want to see him ball out, here’s a highlights mix tape: