Sophomore forward Joe Burton announced his decision to leave the Cowboy basketball team on Monday morning via Instagram.
“After thinking long and hard my family and I decided it would be best for me to part ways with Oklahoma State,” Burton wrote.
“I just want to thank this program for all the opportunities they have given me, this program has taught me a lot of things and matured me these past two years of college. I also want to thank coach Travis Ford and his staff for recruiting me out of high school, it was a true blessing being able to play for you at Oklahoma State and I wish new coach Brad Underwood and his staff nothing but the best this upcoming season. Thank you.”
Burton averaged 4.7 points off the bench this season and shot 40 percent from three. The former four-star recruit saved two of his best performances for the end of the season with a career-best 16 points against West Virginia on Feb. 27 and 13 points in the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas State.
Underwood gets Phil Forte back after a redshirt season and has four committed recruits coming to Stillwater this fall. Burton’s departure puts the Cowboys back at par on scholarships. It also leaves a role for redshirt freshman Davon Dillard or one of the true freshmen, Cam McGriff or Lindy Waters III, to step into.