OSU notebook: Cowboy basketball is looking up

Oklahoma State gets first commitment for the 2015 class, Austin Grandstaff, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Plano, Texas
by John Helsley Published: June 30, 2013
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These have been good days for the Cowboys basketball program.

Marcus Smart continues to represent the program, again drawing superlatives from coaches as one of the leaders of Team USA's U19 squad in the Czech Republic.

There's news that Gallagher-Iba Arena will get a much-needed upgrade in the form of a new scoreboard, which will be ready for the upcoming season.

And the Cowboys now have their first commitment — for the 2015 class.

Austin Grandstaff, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Plano, Texas, has given his pledge to OSU. A longtime target of the Cowboys, Grandstaff will be a junior at Plano West High.

Grandstaff is widely considered one of the top shooters in the 2015 class. He told Scout.com that his relationship with Cowboys coach Travis Ford, and OSU's system, were key factors in his decision.

“I like it a lot,” he told Scout.com. “They shoot a lot of 3s. They get out on the break a lot. You saw Phil Forte hit a lot of 3s. I think I can thrive in that system.”

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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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