Shooters coming to Stillwater

There might not be a team in the country that will be able to shoot the ball better than Oklahoma State in a few years.

When he was a player at the University of Kentucky Travis Ford was known for his ability to shoot the basketball. Now as a head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford is collecting a roster of shooters that is going to rival any in the country.

In the 2013 class Oklahoma State landed commitments from Detrick Mostella and Stevie Clark. Both Mostella and Clark and are elite level scorers who like to get it done from deep. Clark being a combo guard who is small and can score, Mostella being an athletic shooting guard at around 6-foot-2.

Neither Clark nor Mostella projects to be an early entry kid, and now when those two are juniors the Cowboys will have another elite shooter running the wing in the form of 6-foot-5 Austin Grandstaff.

Grandstaff is a class of 2015 prospect who really impressed at the recent Nike Elite 100 with his ability to shoot the basketball. He has length and is a decent athlete, and is ultra competitive with no conscious of when to launch.

Given Grandstaff's ability to shoot the ball and his natural size, he could very easily slide in at the small forward position next to Clark and Mostella who should be manning the backcourt along with a player who will be a senior in shooter Phil Forte.

With all of those shooters on the roster, and a coach who gives his players an ultimate green light, it would be a shock if Oklahoma State isn't one of the national leaders in three point shots taken, and likely points.

Now the question becomes shot selection. None of the three commitments, nor Forte, are known to pass up a look and try to get someone else the ball. All of them will be forced to adjust their game some in order to make it work.

Still there are not many teams that can really shoot the ball in college hoops, and Oklahoma State is one with numerous shooters. That alone will make them dangerous in every game.

If Forte, Mostella, Clark, and Grandstaff can find a way to co-exist, and learn to work for each other to get open looks, it could be a scary team to match up with and give Ford a roster that really scores the basketball at a high level.

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