The theme of the college basketball coaching scene Friday has been one thing, hire from within.
Not long after the Cal Golden Bears gave interim head coach Wyking Jones the full-time job on a five-year deal, Oklahoma State announced it had promoted assistant coach Mike Boynton to replace Brad Underwood.
Boynton came to Stillwater from Stephen F. Austin along with Underwood last spring. And with the opening left by Underwood, who jumped to Illinois last week, it was only logical from a recruiting standpoint to have Boynton try and pick up where his predecessor left off.
Boynton is a graduate of South Carolina and was a player under Underwood there as well.
"Mike was a terrific player in New York City and had a great career at the University of South Carolina,” Underwood said when the Cowboys announced Boynton’s hiring last year . “When we came on board at South Carolina I got a chance to really get to know Mike, and when I got the job at Stephen F. Austin it was such a natural fit for him to join me there.
“Since then, we have developed a tremendous friendship. I have a ton of respect for the job he does with our student-athletes both on and off the court. He's extremely bright, and has recruiting experience all over the country. I'm excited that he's joining us in Stillwater."
In his time with the Lumberjacks, Boynton and Underwood helped coach Stephen F. Austin to three straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the Sweet 16.
The Cowboys already have three commitments lined up for their 2017 recruiting class. Most notably, Boynton will attempt to hold onto Zack Dawson, a 6-foot-4 point guard out of Miami, Fla. Dawson is the 68th-ranked recruit in the 2017 class and the third-ranked player in the state of Florida according to ESPNU.