OSU basketball: Cowboys officially add Bryce Williams, Bernard Kouma
STILLWATER — A week ago, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said NCAA sanctions would not change how he recruited for the upcoming season.
He wasn’t lying.
The Cowboys officially added two players Thursday to round out the roster for the upcoming season, signing Ole Miss transfer guard Bryce Williams and junior college center Bernard Kouma.
OSU enters the season with a top-five ranked recruiting class, led by No. 1-ranked recruit Cade Cunningham. Players reported to campus last weekend to begin testing for COVID-19 ahead of workouts.
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Williams is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior guard who shot 44 percent from 3-point range in 29 games for Ole Miss last season. He previously played at Daytona State, where he averaged 14.9 points per game playing for current OSU assistant Erik Pastrana.
As a sophomore at Dayton, Williams averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists, shooting 45.9 percent. That season, he shot 44.9 percent from 3 and scored 20 or more points seven times, including a career-high 35 points against College of Central Florida. He also made seven 3-pointers in a game against Hillsborough.
At Ole Miss, he played 13.3 minutes per game and averaged 3.1 points. At the NIT Tip-Off, he scored a season-best 15 points and made the game-winning free shots in a 21-point comeback against Penn State.
Kouma — pronounced KOO-muh — is the latest addition to the class, committing late Monday night to fill in for departing center Yor Anei.
A native of N’Djamena in Chad, Africa, Kouma played one season at South Plains (Texas) College and averaged 4.1 points. He posted three double-digit scoring games, including a 19-point, 10-rebound night against Lamar State-Port Arthur. He also had 10 double-digit rebound games.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center played high school basketball at Christ Our Savior Lutheran High in Bronx, New York. He moved from Africa for high school, starting his prep career at Redemption Christian Academy in Northfield, Massachusetts.
He originally signed with Illinois, but was unable to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.