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OSU basketball: Cowboys sign New Orleans point guard Tyree Griffin

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 16, 2014

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."

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