New Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood is back on campus as the open recruiting period has closed until the coaches can get back on the road and during the evaluation period in July. That is allowing Underwood to catch up on some other facets of the program including adding support staff to his three full-time assistants: Mike Boynton, Jr., Lamont Evans, and Danny Henderson.
Underwood has now added Stephen Gentry as the director of player development.
Gentry had served as a full-time assistant on Underwood's staff at Stephen F. Austin for the past three seasons. For a young man he has extensive and wide ranging experience. He was a video intern in the NBA for the Miami Heat under Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley, he then moved on to Texas A&M where he was the video coordinator for then Aggies head coach Mark Turgeon, and then moved into the role of director of basketball operations for current A&M head coach Billy Kennedy for the next two years before joining Underwood as an assistant coach at SFA.
"Stephen is one of the elite basketball minds in our business," Underwood said. "He's very accomplished in terms of his résumé, and he's been associated with quality coaches like Pat Riley, Mark Turgeon and Billy Kennedy. I got very acquainted with him when he was a part of my staff at Stephen F. Austin. He's very creative and a tremendous basketball mind. He's going to be an excellent resource for our players and a tremendous asset to our program."
As a player, Gentry played for four years at Gonzaga for another outstanding coach in Mark Few. He is married to a former Oklahoma State Cowgirl basketball player in Leah Walgren and they have a daughter, Svea. That makes it an easier transition to Stillwater with his wife knowing a lot about the school and community.
"I'm excited to be joining coach Underwood at Oklahoma State and to be joining the Cowboy family," Gentry said. "I've been blessed to have been with Brad the last three seasons and have seen first hand the passion and devotion that he brings every day. His ability to connect with and motivate student-athletes is second to none."
There had been some thought that the director of player development might be a choice spot for recent and past Cowboy assistant coach James Dickey. It is uncertain whether Dickey will have a place in the program or will work for the athletic department as he has a year remaining on his contract with Oklahoma State.