Yankuba Sima suiting up for Cowboy Basketball team
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton has announced that 6-11 center Yankuba Sima is now eligible to play for the Cowboy basketball team and will be in uniform Saturday when OSU takes on No. 19 Florida State.
Sima, a junior, signed with the Cowboys in December of 2016 following a standout freshman season with St. John’s. That year, he ranked second in the Big East with 60 blocked shots, which were the ninth most in St. John's history. He posted a team-best 48.7 field goal percentage - 15th best in the BIG East – and his average of 2.4 blocks per game was 22nd among all Division I players nationwide.
The Girona, Spain native also averaged 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2015-16 for the Red Storm. Sima played in 10 games for St. John's in 2016-17 and averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds before transferring to OSU.
He led St. John's in rebounding eight times as a freshman, including a career-high 14 boards against NJIT. His career scoring high was 14 points against Providence.
Sima earned Big East Freshman of the Week honors on Nov. 23, 2015 after recording 13 points, nine rebounds and a season-high three blocks in a win over Rutgers. His first career double-double registered featured 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and 10 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden.
A standout recruit in Florida and at the Canarias Academy in Spain, Sima was rated the No. 14 center in the 2015 class by CBS 247Sports.com. He represented his home country of Spain in the 2016 FIBA U20 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where he helped Spain capture the gold medal with averages of 7.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
At the 2015 FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Heraklion, Greece, Sima averaged 9.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over seven games at the tournament. He recorded 10 points and eight rebounds in a win over China and registered consecutive double-digit rebound performances against Turkey and Argentina with 10 and 11 boards, respectively.
He attended Elev8 Institute in Delray Beach, Fla. for his senior year of high school, where he earned All-State honors from the Florida Association Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops Independent Schools.