Rothstein | Oklahoma State’s Zack Dawson to play Monday

Dec 30, 2016; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete motions to the crowd during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gallagher-Iba Arena. WVU won 92-75. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports
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Oklahoma State Cowboys freshman guard Zack Dawson has been reinstated and will play in Monday night’s game against Charlotte, Mike Boynton tells FanRag Sports. Junior guard Davon Dillard remains sidelined.

Dawson and Dillard both sat out the team’s 78-47 win over Pepperdine on Friday. Monday will be Dawson’s first collegiate game, having committed to the Cowboys in June 2016.

A 6-foot-4, 4-star point guard out of Miami, Dawson drew interest from other major Power 5 programs such as Arizona, Louisville, and Iowa State, before choosing Oklahoma State. He was ranked inside the top 125 by 247sports composite rankings, listing him as the 10th best player in the state of Florida in his recruiting cycle.

Five different Cowboys scored in double figures during the team’s season-opening win over Pepperdine. Sophomore guard Lindy Waters III led the team with 14 points, stepping into a larger role after averaging just 16 minutes per game last season.

Oklahoma State also must wait before Dillard can return to the floor, having averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore.

The next time Oklahoma State plays after Monday comes on Thursday night when it hosts Oral Roberts.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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