Isaiah Miranda leaves Oklahoma State to focus on professional career

Jan. 17—Redshirt freshman Isaiah Miranda is no longer on the Oklahoma State basketball team, coach Mike Boynton announced prior to Tuesday night's matchup with Kansas.

"Really good kid," Boynton said. "We're pulling for him, but he won't be with us moving forward."

The 7-foot-1, 220-pound center played in just three games this season, with the last being against Wofford on Dec. 20. He recorded a combined eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

When asked more about it postgame, Boynton cited a pursuit of a professional career as the biggest reason for the departure.

Before his short time in Stillwater, Miranda signed with NC State mid-semester in 2023 but never played in a game for the Wolfpack. He entered the transfer portal and also informally entered the NBA Draft, before eventually rescinding that and signing with Oklahoma State.

"He's obviously had some challenges," Boynton said. "Last week he came to me and needed some time away. I granted him that. Then, he called and said he just wanted to move on and pursue the professional part of his career."

Miranda was a four-star recruit ranked the 55th-best by ESPN while in high school at Southern California Academy. The vast talent intrigued both NC State and Oklahoma State, ultimately not working out for either program.

Boynton's roster now consists of 11 scholarship players with the sanctions still in effect from the NCAA's ruling for the Lamont Evans investigation. The departure of Miranda is one that doesn't necessarily hurt the Cowboys given his lack of a role before it.

"I support him, wish him well," Boynton said. "He's really not part of the story of this game for sure, not even much of the season he hasn't been that involved. Obviously I'd like to have seen it work out better, but it is what it is."

The Cowboys will continue to roll primarily with Brandon Garrison and Mike Marsh at the center position moving forward.