By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Mike Gundy had a prime seat for the Union-Stillwater hoops game Saturday night, rocking a camo hat and enjoying his son’s high school battle deep into overtime of the state playoffs.
Stillwater would eventually lose, 76-71, at the hands of the defending state champs. And the main reason for that — Union star forward Jeffrey Mead — also provided another hint as to why Gundy decided to make an appearance.
Mead was terrific throughout the second half, drilling a trio of threes and putting an explosive exclamation point on his team-high 27 points with two highlight dunks (see above video).
But basketball, at this point, doesn’t look like his likely college sport. Don’t get me wrong, the potential of this lanky 6-foot-6 forward should appeal to several Division I programs. And he may eventually choose that route.
But his skills as a wideout (33 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Union) may provide the most direct path to college stardom. And that’s the way some schools already feel.
In recent weeks, OU, Oklahoma State and Clemson have offered Mead, with more interest and offers likely to come.
The Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten wrote a nice piece on Mead recently, detailing his athletic exploits in a number of sports (he is also a star baseball player). You can read it by clicking here.
In it, Mead doesn’t commit either way, telling Haisten, “I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s too early. It just depends on what the best option winds up being.”
At 6-foot-6 and only 170 pounds, Mead still has plenty of room to develop. And as detailed above, he hasn’t purely committed to a single sport, instead alternating year-round (which, sadly, is becoming increasingly rare). So his upside his huge, once his focus is singular.
That’s what had Mike Gundy at his hoops game on Saturday, has Bob Stoops’ staff already extending an offer and plenty of other programs getting in line.
And that’s also makes him one of the more intriguing 2014 prospects to keep an eye, whichever sport he may choose.