Decision Day For LeBryan Nash

Travis Ford has a busy day scheduled Thursday. He will attend the Big 12 Basketball Media Day in Kansas City, and then the Oklahoma State head coach will return to Stillwater for a practice session. Don't be surprised if he's not completely focused on what's happening in Kansas City or Stillwater but instead on the events taking place in Dallas when LeBryan Nash announces his college choice.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Nash will make his announcement Thursday on the ESPNU Recruiting Insider show from 4-5 p.m. (Central time).

Nash, the five-star player from Lincoln High School in Dallas, has indicated that his three finalists are Oklahoma State, Kansas and Baylor.

He made his official visit to Oklahoma State in August, but has been a frequent visitor to the Stillwater campus the past five years. Former Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton is his half-brother and Nash made numerous trips to Stillwater during his playing career. Nash made his official visit to Baylor on Sept. 11 and made the trip to Lawrence, Kan., for KU's Late Night in the Phog this past weekend.

Nash is ranked as the 11th-best high school senior in the nation by Scout.com. He averaged 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a game last season as a junior.

"Nash is a terrific prospect.  When he plays hard, he's one of the best players in the country," said Evan Daniels, basketball recruiting analyst for Scout.com.

"He's an elite athlete that with tremendous versatile and a unique ability to score. Nash also has the toughness factor.  If he sniffs out fear in an opponent, he usually exploits it by attacking the basket and using his strength, athleticism and ball skills to score," Daniels added.

Assistant coach Butch Pierre has been Oklahoma State's main recruiter of Nash, and was in Dallas on Tuesday to watch him practice with his Lincoln High School teammates. OSU was not the lone college represented as Kansas assistant Danny Manning and the entire Baylor coaching staff also made the trip to Dallas.

Pierre recruited and signed some of nation's top high school players as an assistant coach at LSU, including future NBA players Glen Davis, a top-20 prospect in 2004, and Brandon Bass, a top-15 prospect in 2003. He also signed Stromile Swift (the second overall lottery pick in the 2000 NBA Draft) and Tyrus Thomas (the fourth overall selection in 2006) during his tenure at LSU.

Nash would be the highest-ranked high school player to sign with Oklahoma State since Gerald Green in 2005. The 6-8, 200-pound Green was No. 2 in the Class of 2005, and signed with the Cowboys but never made it to Stillwater because he entered the NBA Draft after his senior year of high school.

Former Cowboy James Anderson, now in his rookie season with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, was the 18th-best prospect in the Class of 2007 when he signed with Oklahoma State.


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