What an outstanding puzzle piece, that fits into an amazing puzzle (picture). I can't wait to see Gallagher-Iba rocking again, as Cunningham, Ice, Yor Anei, Rondell Walker, and Keylan Boone dismantle KU as Bill Self stares on in hapless, helpless horror, and the rest of our talented bench cheers them on to victory! I can't wait to see how all of these new kids are going to fit together, and I hope our fan base is just as excited!!
OSU basketball: Putnam West's Rondel Walker signs, teams up with Cade Cunningham
Nearly four years ago, Rondel Walker realized basketball was his ticket to college. He also thought of the pros.
It was his first summer playing in Texas. He quickly fit in.
Wednesday, his college dream became a reality.
Walker, a star guard at Putnam West High School, officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State, forming a formidable 1-2 punch with superstar and close friend Cade Cunningham.
“It’s been very exciting us finally putting pen to pad and finally making it official,” Walker said after the signing ceremony. “Just knowing that we’re not done yet, it’s going to be a fun process and it is a fun process.”
OSU coach Mike Boynton has worked tirelessly to assemble possibly the top recruiting class in program history.
Two weeks ago, he landed Walker, a four-star guard. Last week, he landed Cunningham, a five-star recruit from Montverde (Fla.) Academy regarded as the top guard in the 2020 class.
For Walker, it was Boynton who led him to Stillwater.
“Just how much of a people person he is,” Walker said. “You know when somebody’s giving you what you want to hear and not telling you the real end. He told me the real and bad. He’s one of the few coaches that did that. He was the first coach on me and he stayed persistent through it all.”
Walker averaged 23.1 points last season as the Patriots made the Class 6A state tournament. He was a member of The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team and Super 5 second team.
But over the summer he played with the Texas Titans, an AAU team. He became teammates with Cunningham. The two instantly became friends.
They then went on an official visit to OSU together. That’s when the plan to play together really formed.
And they’ve spent time recruiting others. With a week remaining in the signing period, they don’t expect to be the final pieces to the recruiting class.
“I feel like it’s going to happen quickly and we’re not the only two dominoes in the game,” Walker said.