STILLWATER — Wednesday brought mixed emotions for Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford.
The Cowboys won't have forward Jéan-Paul Olukemi for the immediate future, with another knee injury wrecking another season for the senior, although a medical redshirt remains a possibility.
But the Cowboys added four new recruits for the more long-term future, including recent commit Detrick Mostella, a four-star shooting guard from La Porte, Ind.
And in more news, forward Marek Soucek's knee injury has been diagnosed as a sprain, which should allow him to return to action soon.
Mostella, a 6-3 guard, formerly played in Alabama before moving to Indiana and La Lumiere High School. Seemingly the prize of the class, Mostella is ranked as the nation's No. 68 prospect and No. 22 shooting guard by Rivals.com; No. 83 overall and No. 19 shooting guard by ESPN. Before moving, he was considered the No. 2 prospect in the state of Alabama.
“Detrick might be the best scoring guard in the country,” Ford said. “He's a big-time scorer. He's extremely athletic and has a knack for how to score, from the 3-point line, pull-up jumpers and understands angles.”
OSU's other signees:
* Gary Gaskins, a 6-10 junior-college center from Brevard, N.C. “Loved his athleticism and his presence around the rim,” Ford said. “He's a guy who may be the fastest guy on our court.”
* Jeffrey Carroll, a 6-5 small forward from Rowlett, Texas. “He's an extremely physical, big guard who can shoot it with great range, can score off the dribble and is just an extremely athletic wing,” Ford said.
* Leyton Hammonds, a 6-8 forward from Richland Hills, Texas. “For a guy his size, he's really skilled,” Ford said. “Leyton is playing really great basketball right now.”
The Cowboys remain in the mix on 5-11 point guard Stephen Clark from Douglass High School. Clark plans on announcing his school at a press conference at his school on Friday, Nov. 30, although his signed letter-of-intent was due to his college of choice by midnight Wednesday, the end of the early signing period.
Olukemi, who missed the second half of last season with an ACL tear, suffered torn ligaments in the other knee during OSU's win over Akron in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
“I just hate it for JP,” Ford said. “He's such a great kid, hate it.”