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OSU basketball: Marcus Watson's status still being determined

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State freshman guard Marcus Watson entered the transfer portal last week, but that doesn’t mean his Cowboys tenure is necessarily over.

OSU coach Mike Boynton said everything is still being determined.

“I don’t know if this thing is final,” Boynton said Monday afternoon before practice. “He hasn’t gone to another school. He hasn’t started classes somewhere else. So, I still think we’re in a little bit of a holding pattern.

“We can’t use his scholarship now, so we’re not going to replace him at this point.”

Watson, a four-star recruit from Georgia, has yet to suit up for the Cowboys. He was suspended from all team activities in October after a female OSU student accused Watson of rape. The female student was granted a temporary restraining order, and that remains intact.

Watson is set to appear at Payne County Courthouse on Friday regarding the restraining order. He will not face criminal charges, a decision the Payne County District Attorney made in November.

Watson also likely faced a Title IX investigation from the university, a confidential process. 

Boynton declined to elaborate on Watson’s status with the university. Watson remains enrolled as a student, according to OSU’s online student directory.

“It’s a really challenging situation,” Boynton said. “There’s not a whole lot that I can say. It’s kind of a personal issue. Obviously, I talk to him all the time. I visited with him today. I want to see the kid get to a place where he can have success, and whatever that looks like I’m going to support. 

“Until there’s more information to share, there’s not a whole lot I can go into as this process continues to play itself out on campus.”

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Oklahoma State men's basketball player Marcus Watson (5) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State men's basketball player Marcus Watson (5) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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