Oklahoma State basketball: Recruiting continues for Cowboys without Myles Turner

The Myles Turner decision came and went Wednesday, with the nation’s No. 2-rated basketball recruit choosing orange. Burnt orange.

by John Helsley Published: April 30, 2014

Former USC standout Byron Wesley (22) is visiting OSU this weekend.
Former USC standout Byron Wesley (22) is visiting OSU this weekend.

The Myles Turner decision came and went Wednesday, with the nation’s No. 2-rated basketball recruit choosing orange.

Burnt orange.

Turner, the five-star center from Euless Trinity High School near Fort Worth, had Oklahoma State on his final list, yet chose Texas instead with his announcement on national television Wednesday.

So the Cowboys miss out on a premium prospect who would have completely altered OSU’s outlook for next season, enhancing the profile of the program at a time when turbulence swirls around the program – from the coach’s office to a roster in ongoing overhaul to an antsy fan base.

Still, maybe Travis Ford and his staff aren’t done, yet.

Beyond Turner, Ford and Co. remain in full go-mode in trying to attract new roster pieces for next season and after. The known prospects:

Byron Wesley, a 6-foot-6, shooting guard, formerly at USC. The Trojans’ leading scorer this past season, Wesley is transferring with immediate eligibility. He recently cut his list to three: OSU, Pittsburgh and Gonzaga. Wesley is set for a weekend visit to Stillwater, which is a positive sign.

Elijah Stewart, a 6-4 shooting guard from Westchester High School in Los Angeles. A four-star guard known as a shooter and scorer, he was originally a Loyola Marymount commitment, but is now on the market. He’s working off a list of six, including the Cowboys, but also involving Boston College, Pitt, Gonzaga, Cincinnati and USC.

TaShawn Thomas, a 6-8 forward formerly at Houston. A senior-to-be transfer likely facing a redshirt year while forced to sit out, Thomas led Houston in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (8.1) this past season. He also averaged 2.8 blocked shots a game. At 240 pounds, he would bring some much-needed bulk to OSU’s middle. Thomas could be linked to former Cowboys assistant James Dickey, who resigned at Houston and could be returning to join Ford at OSU.

Danuel House, a 6-7 guard, also formerly at Houston. Another of Dickey’s players on the move from Houston, he averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. He was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2013, and before that the No. 15 prep player in the nation in rankings by Rivals.com and ESPN.com. House is a junior-to-be.

And Cowboys coaches are looking elsewhere, too.

So, where do these players fit on OSU’s roster? The roster shuffling may not be over.

Another veteran is rumored be looking to get out. And two of the current signees have much work to do to qualify academically.

Minus Marcus Smart and Markel Brown, these were always going to be the new-look Cowboys in 2014-15. The new looks are changing by the week.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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