Oklahoma State junior Yankuba Sima will make his Cowboys debut vs. Florida State on Saturday in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Classic, according to the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper.
The 6-foot-11 post transferred from St. John’s after playing in 10 games of the 2016-17 season, and then signed with the Cowboys on Dec. 23, 2016. He is now finally eligible as the Cowboys approach Big 12 play in a few weeks.
Just in from #OKState: Yankuba Sima is officially eligible for Saturday's game vs. Florida State. Should give OSU defense a boost inside.
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 15, 2017
The Cowboys should be happy to have the Girona, Spain, native in the lineup with his size and defensive skillset.
Sima posted 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 10 games as a sophomore. During his freshman season, however, he recorded 60 blocks, the second most of any Big East player that season and the ninth most in a single season by a St. John’s player in program history.
His low-post presence could be a huge boost for a 7-2 Oklahoma State team facing an undefeated Florida State team that ranks No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25.
Oklahoma State was thumped 72-55 by Texas A&M and lost 78-66 to Wichita State in its only two games this season against ranked teams. Sima could be pivotal to Oklahoma State’s defensive efforts depending on how far along he is from last season.
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