Nash, Johnson To Sign Wednesday

Travis Ford expects to have a very good day Wednesday. That's because the Oklahoma State head coach will receive letters of intent from one of the nation's top high school recruits and the nation's top junior college player on the first day of the early signing period. LeBryan Nash of Dallas (Lincoln), Texas and Karron Johnson of Midland (Texas) College have said they will sign Wednesday with OSU.

Nash, the 6-7, 225-pound standout who is ranked as the nation's 11th-best high school prospect by Scout.com, announced on ESPNU on Oct. 21 that he would sign with Oklahoma State. The Lincoln High School senior averaged 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in leading the Tigers to a 28-4 record as a junior. He picked OSU over Kansas and Baylor.

The 6-8, 225-pound Johnson has been named the Preseason National Junior College Player of the Year by The Sporting News. He originally signed with Oklahoma State two years ago before his senior season at Laurinburg Prep in Laurinburg, N.C., where he was ranked as the No. 72 prospect in the Class of 2009.

"To be honest, before I left high school I already knew Oklahoma State was the place for me," Johnson told GoPokes.com. "I've always felt good about Oklahoma State and I've always wanted to go to Oklahoma State. So it's really kind of the same feeling that I've had from the beginning."

Nash, the half-brother of former Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton, announced he would be attending Oklahoma State on Oct. 21, and was in Stillwater the next night for Homecoming & Hoops, where the crowd showed its appreciation for him deciding to become a Cowboy.

"Travis Ford has been recruiting me for so long, since he came (to Oklahoma State), he's been on me. (OSU assistant) Butch Pierre is a great assistant coach, and every time I see him, I see the enthusiasm," said Nash.

"I think I fit in their system and I think I'll have the ball in my hands most of the time. I just love it and I think I fit in there. I chose Oklahoma State because it's best for me and my family," he added.

Nash and Johnson are the only two players expected to sign with the Cowboys during the early signing period, which runs from Nov. 10-17.


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