Oklahoma State’s basketball roster for next season remains a work in progress, with ongoing moving parts.
Moving in, officially now: New Orleans point guard Tyree Griffin, a month-long commitment who signed his national letter-of-intent Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period.
While just 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Griffin was named Large Schools Player of the Year by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a senior, as well as the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana according to NOLA.com’s Terrific 20.
The Cowboys lose the two players who handled the point last season, with Marcus Smart and Markel Brown moving on. They added junior college point guard Jeff Newberry in the early signing period and fortify the position with Griffin.
“I felt like OSU was the right school for me,” Griffin said. “With Marcus Smart leaving (for the NBA), I think I can come in and help out right away.”
Griffin averaged 17.2 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in leading Landry-Walker High School to the Class 4A state championship. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
“He is a dynamic point guard who affects the game on both ends of the court,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “He brings great toughness and winning attitude.”
In an interview with The New Orleans Advocate in March, Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson said: “He is just a complete guard. His size is misleading. He plays much bigger than his size is.”
Griffin is the fifth member of the recruiting class, joining Newberry and incoming four-star freshmen Jared Terrell, Mitch Solomon and Joe Burton.
The Cowboys are still awaiting a firm commitment to return from Le’Bryan Nash. Brian Williams has revealed his plans to transfer and two players from last year’s recruiting class – Stevie Clark and Gary Gaskins – left the program before the season ended.
OSU coaches continue to be active in recruiting.
The big prize is elite 7-footer Myles Turner, who includes the Cowboys among his final list and plans to announce his intention at the end of the month. Ford and his staff are also pursuing BYU transfer guard Matt Carlino and junior college 7-foot center Anthony Allen out of Lamar State in Texas. Allen is due to visit OSU this weekend.