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Oklahoma State basketball: Cade Cunningham expected to play against Arkansas

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State superstar Cade Cunningham is expected to play Saturday against Arkansas after missing the past two games.

Cowboys coach Mike Boynton said Friday afternoon that Cunningham returned to practice on Wednesday. It was Cunningham’s first practice since before the program’s shutdown due to a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing on Jan. 15.

Cunningham missed last Saturday’s game against No. 2-ranked Baylor and Monday at Iowa State, though he was on the sideline in street clothes each game.

“I anticipate him being available,” Boynton said. “I don’t know how much he’s going to be able to go. A lot of it depends on how he feels when he’s out there, but I do expect him to dress and be available to play.”

Boynton said Cunningham was set for an evaluation Tuesday, but the Cowboys’ return from Ames, Iowa, was delayed by heavy snow. He was evaluated and cleared for practice Wednesday. He did more physical contact Thursday and practice Friday.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 point guard, is considered by ESPN.com and others as the No. 1 prospect in this year’s NBA Draft.

Boynton also said that graduate transfer Ferron Flavors Jr. returned to practice this week after nearly three weeks due to an injured finger on his shooting hand. Boynton does not expect Flavors to be available Saturday, but Boynton is also not ruling his sharpshooter out.

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Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham talks with teammates during a timeout in an NCAA basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor Bears at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Baylor won 81-66.  [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham talks with teammates during a timeout in an NCAA basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor Bears at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Baylor won 81-66. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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