Head coach Brad Underwood fortified the Oklahoma State frontcourt for 2017-18 with the addition of 6-11 center Yankuba Sima.
A standout at St. John’s over the last two seasons, Sima (6-11, 220, C, Girona, Spain, St. John’s) is expected to be eligible at OSU following the conclusion of the 2017 fall semester, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“He’s an elite athlete and shot blocker, and we’re ecstatic to have him join the Cowboy family,” Underwood said. “Yankuba has the ability to step out on the floor thanks to his versatility on the offensive end, and defensively he can guard multiple positions at a high level. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be an impact player in the Big 12.”
Sima ranked second in the Big East with 60 blocked shots last season, which were the ninth most in St. John’s history. He posted a team-best 48.7 field goal percentage - 15th best in the BIG East – and his average of 2.4 blocks per game was 22nd among all Division I players nationwide.
He also averaged 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds on the year for the Red Storm. Sima played in 10 games for St. John’s this season, and averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.
Last season, Sima was named the BIG East Freshman of the Week on Nov. 23 after recording 13 points, nine rebounds and a season-high three blocks in a win over Rutgers. His first career double-double registered featured 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and 10 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden.
Sima led St. John’s in rebounding eight times last year, including a career-high 14 boards against NJIT. His career scoring high was 14 points against Providence.
A standout recruit in Florida and at the Canarias Academy in Spain, Sima was rated the No. 14 center in the 2015 class by CBS 247Sports.com.
He represented his home country of Spain in the 2016 FIBA U20 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where he helped Spain capture the gold medal with averages of 7.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
At the 2015 FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Heraklion, Greece, Sima averaged 9.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over seven games at the tournament. He recorded 10 points and eight rebounds in a win over China and registered consecutive double-digit rebound performances against Turkey and Argentina with 10 and 11 boards, respectively.
He attended Elev8 Institute in Delray Beach, Fla. for his senior year of high school, where he earned All-State honors from the Florida Association Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops Independent Schools.
(This story provided by OSU Media Relations staff.)