“Very happy for the kid. Obviously, he's happy. Travis and his staff and the whole team are happy for him. JP is a good kid and a good student. He'll walk out of here with a diploma. And he gets to play this final year.”
Olukemi, a 6-foot-6 swingman, missed the second half of last season after tearing knee ligaments in a New Year's Eve loss to Virginia Tech.
Sitting out all of Big 12 Conference play, he said, was a struggle, especially while dealing with his own rehab and recovery.
“The recovery has been good, it's just been a long, long thing,” Olukemi said. “To watch the team go through the season and knowing I couldn't just put on a jersey and play was the thing that messed with me the most. We were struggling and I couldn't do anything to help them.”
Ironically, if the NCAA had not granted Olukemi's appeal, his final game as a Cowboy would have been this New Year's Eve, when OSU is scheduled to play Gonzaga.