Four-star transfer Isaiah Miranda leaves OSU, cements Brandon Garrison’s role

Four-star transfer Isaiah Miranda leaves OSU, cements Brandon Garrison’s role

The struggling Cowboys lost a prized recruit. Isaiah Miranda, a 7-foot-1 center. Mike Boynton announced the departure following OSU's 90-66 loss to Kansas Tuesday.

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

| Jan 16, 2024, 11:56pm CST

Sam Hutchens

By Sam Hutchens

Jan 16, 2024, 11:56pm CST

STILLWATER — The Cowboys are without a conference win and now without one of their most talented players.

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Miranda, a 7-foot-1 former four-star prospect, is no longer with Oklahoma State, coach Mike Boynton said after OSU’s 90-66 loss to Kansas on Tuesday. 

“There’s a lot of personal challenges there,” Boynton said. “I want to respect the kid. He’s obviously had some challenges. Last week he came and said he needed some time away. I granted him that. Then after the weekend he called and said he wanted to move on and pursue the professional part of his career.”

The Cowboys are now 8-9 and 0-4 in Big 12 play. Miranda’s loss impacts potential, not production.

Miranda appeared in just three games this season, playing a total of 16 minutes against Tulsa, Oral Roberts and Wofford. He had six points and five rebounds. 

“I support (Miranda),” Boynton said. “Wish him well. He’s really not part of the story of this game. Not even much of the season.”

Miranda sustained a hip injury in OSU’s exhibition game against Oklahoma Baptist that postponed his debut. He was also limited by an ankle injury.

Miranda had offers from UCLA, UConn, Texas, USC and others out of high school before settling on NC State. He didn’t play a game for the Wolfpack, though. He transferred after the 2022 season to OSU with four years of eligibility. 

True freshman center Brandon Garrison, a four-star recruit from Del City, has been OSU’s primary center this season. The former McDonald’s All-American has averaged 32 minutes in Big 12 games and scored a career-high 20 against Baylor.

“(Miranda’s departure) is why we need BG to keep getting better,” Boynton said. “He’s the future of this deal. There’s no question about it.”

Garrison mustered 10 points on three-of-six shooting against the Jayhawks, matching up with KU star center Hunter Dickinson.

“I think (Garrison) is really athletic,” Dickinson said. “He’s pretty strong, especially for a freshman. I think he’s got a lot of potential. He could be really good if he continues to work on that low-post game.”

The Cowboys now have 11 scholarship players of a possible 13. OSU entered the season down one due to scholarship limitations imposed by the NCAA. 

“Obviously I would have liked to see it end better (with Miranda), but it is what it is and we’ll move on and obviously hope he has success moving forward,” Boynton said.

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Sam Hutchens covers Oklahoma State sport for Sellout Crowd. He interned for The Stillwater News Press in 2021 and The Guthrie News Leader in 2022, where he won a first-place OPA award for in-depth reporting. He has also covered sports in southwest Oklahoma for The Lawton Constitution. He strives to tell you the OSU sports stories that you want to tell your friends about. You can email him at [email protected] and connect on Twitter (X) @Sam_Hutchens_

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