Ford Picks Up Talented PG

Travis Ford and his staff at Oklahoma State were in a need of a point guard and they filled that role when they gained a commitment from a talented lead man from Texas.

Las Vegas was good to Ray Penn. The Sugar Land (Tex.) Fort Bend standout averaged 35.8 points through four games at the Reebok Summer Championships and he drew the eyes of a number of college coaches.

His strong play led to picking up new scholarship offers, and Tuesday morning the 5-foot-9 lead man accepted an offer to play for Travis Ford at Oklahoma State.

"There were other schools in the running and they were all saying the same thing, but it came down to it being the highest level," Penn said. "It's the Big 12. I'm a competitor and if I have a chance to play against the best of the best, then I want to do that."

Penn picked Oklahoma State over strong interest from Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU, Colorado State and South Florida.

"I think that number one that they wanted him and they appreciated his talent," Penn's AAU coach John Eurey said. "He wanted to play in the Big 12 and play in a high level conference where he can exhibit his skills at the highest level.

"I think he's intrigued with the fact that he has a chance to grow with coach Ford," he continued. "I think he has a chance to grow and I think coach Ford is going to let him play and let him do his thing."

Penn joins Fayetteville (Ark.) High standout Fred Gulley and JUCO standout Trenton Marshall to make up OSU's current 2009 recruiting class.

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