Northeast Johnson County residents are likely to have more opportunities to watch a talented native in action at the college level.
Shawnee Mission North graduate Michael Weathers, who was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year after his debut season at Miami of Ohio this year, announced on Sunday that he will be transferring to Oklahoma State University. Under NCAA rules, he’ll be required to sit out the 2017-18 season, but will not lose a year of eligibility. Playing in the Big XII will mean not only a higher level of competition, but more media exposure, especially here in the heart of the conference’s territory.
Weathers and his brother Marcus were drawn to Miami in part because it offered the duo, who helped propel SM North the school’s first-ever state title in 2016, the chance to play their college ball together. But as Michael’s stock rose after his standout freshman year, both brothers began exploring other opportunities. Marcus has secured permission to transfer from Miami as well, but has not announced a destination.
Michael cited recently appointed Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton, who took over the program in March after Brad Underwood announced his move to Illinois, as a motivating factor in the decision. Boynton also hired Weathers’ longtime coach John Cooper as an assistant on the Cowboys staff.