You have permission to edit this article.
Edit

Weight, footwork and new faces: Kalib Boone's thoughts on offseason

  • Updated
  • Comments
Boone dunk

Kalib Boone dunks during Oklahoma State's game against Texas Tech in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Feb. 22, 2021. Photo courtesy: TC Brewster/OSU Athletics

Chianti Robert's record at Oklahoma State lasted 26 years. 

This past season, forward Kalib Boone broke it. Boone shot 64.2 percent from the field during the 2020-21 season, eclipsing Robert's 62.5 percent he shot during the 1996-97 season. 

A big part of his efficient production this past season was the guidance former assistant coach Cannen Cunningham gave Boone. Cunningham has since left the team to assist his brother, Cade, with his NBA career. 

"He would always tell me the one thing about this sport is to use your imagination as growth to want to do more," Boone said. "He told me to keep doing that before he left."

Boone will heed Cunningham's advice even after his departure from the team. Continuing to be one of the most productive players on the team is one of Boone's offseason goals, even without his mentor at OSU. 

"I'm still working on gaining some weight, I've got to be 220 (pounds) by August," Boone said. "I've got to get better on the perimeter and become more of a threat on jump shots and stuff like that."

Boone said he wants to work on his conditioning, something he said held him back at times this past season.

He also said he wants to work on his footwork, and being quicker with his movements because of the size of players he will guard this season. 

"I'm going to have to guard (players who weigh) 250 or 245 pounds," Boone said. "260 pounds at times."

Overall, Boone said he is working this offseason on improving areas he felt he was abused in, and wasn't shown respect in this past season.

Boone will receive some help in the post this season too. Forwards Woody Newton and Tyreek Smith transferred to OSU this offseason and provide formidable depth for the Cowboys in the paint. 

Newton measures in at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds and transferred from Syracuse and Smith, a 6-foot-7, 220 pounder transferred from Texas Tech. Boone said both have fit well with the team so far. 

"Woody is a funny guy, his whole demeanor is just...funny," Boone said. "Tyreek is just freakishly athletic. That dude can jump. He is a hard worker. They're all great people."

sports.ed@ocolly.com