The NCAA dropped a bombshell on Oklahoma State at the give up of last week, announcing that the Cowboys’ men’s basketball application would be ineligible for postseason play next yr due to guidelines violations dedicated by means of a former assistant coach.

Setting apart what the severe penalty levied on Oklahoma State ability for other high-profile programs caught up in the university basketball corruption scandal, this ruling through the NCAA could have a profound have an impact on on the upcoming season.

That’s because Stillwater was set to be the brief domestic of Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 standard recruit in the 2020 category and the early favored to be the No. 1 choose in next year’s NBA Draft.

The Cowboys’ postseason ban has put Cunningham’s very own future in question. Will he still enroll at Oklahoma State, knowing he won’t have a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament in what will sincerely be his solely season of university ball? Will he as an alternative jump straight to the pros, following the lead of different current five-star recruits who have determined to go overseas or sign on to the G League’s new software alternatively of playing in college? Or, will Cunningham go to some other school?

Under NCAA rules, he would be free to select any other college and play this coming season barring penalty. In the on the spot aftermath of the NCAA’s ruling on Oklahoma State, interest turned to Kentucky — Cunningham’s clear 2d desire — as a possible alternative.

Rivals.com country wide analyst Corey Evans spoke with Cunningham shortly before the NCAA’s ruling was made public Friday, and he’s following the No. 1-ranked recruit’s scenario closely.

“I still don’t suppose Cade is aware of what he desires to do,” Evans instructed the Herald-Leader on Monday. “Cade was flabbergasted and didn’t know, really, the route to take.

“Put your self in his shoes — for the previous eight months, you have one thing in your mind, and that’s ‘I’m going to join in Oklahoma State.’ And then, actually overnight, it’s erased. That’s hard for any human being – even extra so an 18-year-old child – to surely grasp. And that’s why I assume it’s going to take some time to play out.”

Evans said he additionally spoke with Oklahoma State head instruct Mike Boynton and some other personnel members, and all were left in a nation of shock via the NCAA’s ruling.

The allegations surrounded former Cowboys assistant Lamont Evans, who the NCAA stated violated ethical conduct guidelines when he frequent between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes from two economic advisers to have an impact on student-athletes. Evans used to be one of the assistant coaches arrested as part of the federal government’s investigation into corruption in college basketball three years ago.

Lamont Evans spent simply one season as an Oklahoma State assistant, and that was under head coach Brad Underwood, who left at the stop of that year for the identical job at Illinois. Boynton served for one season as an assistant alongside Evans, but Boynton was now not accused of any wrongdoing, and Evans used to be fired with the aid of Oklahoma State following his arrest.