STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s basketball roster makeover revealed yet another design change Friday.
This time a subtraction: the release of four-star guard Jared Terrell from his letter of intent.
Terrell, a touted recruit signed out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, had requested his release because of family issues, including the recent death of a grandmother. OSU coach Travis Ford granted Terrell a full release Friday.
“We are disappointed that Jared won't be a part of the Cowboy Basketball family,” Ford said. “He's had a lot of unfortunate circumstances occur in his life recently, and I understand that his family and their well-being takes precedence. We wish him nothing but the best, and hope that everything works out for him.”
Terrell was considered one of the prize pieces of OSU’s recruiting class, a physical, 6-foot-3 shooting guard who was named MVP of the National Prep Championship, the national tournament for prep schools. He was also a candidate to provide help at the point, where the Cowboys will have two newcomers in junior college signee Jeff Newberry and high school recruit Tyree Griffin … for now.
Ford and his staff were already actively recruiting, targeting a pair of fifth-year senior guards who are transferring with immediate eligibility as graduate students — BYU’s Matt Carlino and Southern Cal’s Byron Wesley. Friday’s news created the latest alteration to OSU’s roster for 2014-15, and came one day after the addition of 7-foot junior college center Anthony Allen, who signed with the Cowboys out of Lamar State in Port Arthur, Texas.
During the season, Gary Gaskins left the squad and Stevie Clark was kicked off the team. Markel Brown exhausted his eligibility as a senior, and Marcus Smart declared for the NBA Draft. Le’Bryan Nash is expected to return for his senior year, but has yet to make an official announcement.
Since the season ended, reserve guard Brian Williams revealed his plans to transfer. And on the coaching front, assistant Steve Middleton wasn’t retained.
Along with the pursuit of Carlino and Wesley, Cowboys coaches remain hopeful of landing elite high school center Myles Turner and are believed to be involved in other prep prospects still uncommitted for next season.
In addition to Allen, Newberry and Griffin, OSU has also signed Bixby forward Mitch Solomon and Texas high school small forward Joe Burton, each four-star prospects.
With Terrell, family issues proved pressing, as he’ll look to find a college closer to home, according to his mother.
“I think it's better that Jared stay close to home, due to the recent passing of his grandmother, along with other family issues we've been dealing with,” Michelle Ross, Terrell’s mother, said in a release issued by OSU. “It's been hard on our family, and this is a tough decision to make. Jared was looking forward to attending Oklahoma State, but this is what's best for our family at this time.”