Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford was going to need some help at the point guard position.
Stevie Clark was dismissed from the team. Marcus Smart is headed to the NBA.
On Wednesday, Ford and the Cowboys got some help.
OSU signed Tyree Griffin, a point guard at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans, to a National Letter of Intent.
"We are very excited about Tyree joining our basketball family," Ford said. "He is a dynamic point guard who affects the game on both ends of the court. He brings great toughness and a winning attitude. We are looking forward to him wearing the Cowboy uniform."
Griffin (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) was named the Large Schools Player of the Year by The Times-Picayune as a senior, as well as the top-rated player in the state of Louisiana according to NOLA.com's "Terrific 20".
The Cowboys depth at point guard took a hit this season when Clark was dismissed from the team in February after he was arrested for the second time in a little over a month.
The Cowboys obviously will also be without Smart, who also played point guard for the Cowboys.
"I felt like OSU was the right school for me," Griffin said. "When I went to Stillwater on my official visit, I saw that it is definitely a basketball town. I felt comfortable with Coach Ford and Coach (Butch) Pierre. He started recruiting me back in the summer, and I felt real comfortable with him. 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 the Chargin' Bucs to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Class 4A state championship with a 76-56 win over East Jefferson. He scored 15 points and finished with six assists and four rebounds in the title game after recording 25 points and six assists in the semifinals, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the state tournament.
"The main thing about him is he has all the intangibles to be a point guard, with tremendous will and tremendous drive," Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson told The New Orleans Advocate in March. "He has tremendous handles, and he is a wonderful rebounder. He is just a complete guard. His size is misleading. He plays much better than his size is. He is going to play extremely hard because Coach Ford gave him an opportunity when a lot of schools didn't. Tyree plays with a chip on his shoulder."
Griffin, who was also recruited by UTEP, Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette, is the fifth member of the Cowboys' recruiting class for the 2014-15 season. He joins junior-college transfer Jeff Newberry, as well as incoming freshmen Joe Burton, Mitchell Solomon and Jared Terrell.