Go Pokes was told that after a recent meeting between new Oklahoma State basketball head coach Brad Underwood and well traveled forward Igor Ibaka that Ibaka would be looking at his option to transfer to another school.
Ibaka, the younger brother of NBA standout Serge Ibaka, who was recently dealt by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic, only played in seven games last season and averaged 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds a game. He had his best performance in the Cowboys loss to West Virginia where he played 12 minutes and scored four points and had five rebounds. Ibaka is listed at 6-7, 240.
A native of the Congo, Ibaka went to high school at Joviat Monressa in Spain and then played at NEO A&M Junior College in Miami, Okla. averaging 14.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks a game in the 2013-2014 season. He sat out the 2014-2015 season at Allen Community College in Kansas before arriving at Oklahoma State for the 2015-2016 season.
His departure, which our source described as mutual, will leave the Cowboys with recently signed big man Tyrek Coger of Cape Fear C.C. in North Carolina. Coger is 6-9, 240 pounds and rated as the 21st-best power forward in the country in the junior college ranks. They also have junior post Mitchell Solomon (6-9, 245), forward Leyton Hammonds (6-8, 215) and freshman Cameron McGriff (6-6, 210). There is also a chance that Dutch post and European junior player out of the Netherlands Lucas Nguessan could arrive. He is 7-0, 200 pounds.
Underwood shared his thoughts with GoPokes.com's Terry Tush recently when discussing the team: "We haven’t really coached him. From the standpoint of unknowns, you look on film and you don’t see much. But here’s a guy that’s worked really hard, he’s bought in, he’s lifted [and] his body has changed a great deal in the last three months. He’s got some tremendous possibilities in terms of being able to help.
"I’ve kind of gone in with an open mind. It’s easy sometimes when guys don’t play to just write them off, but I’m not doing that. He’s going to have every ample opportunity to be successful. But at this point and time, he’s done everything we’ve asked, he’s worked his tail off in the weight room. We’re thin up front so he’s got every opportunity to help us there."