Traylor Confirms Visit To Oklahoma State

California point guard Cezar Guerrero is expected to sign Wednesday with Oklahoma State on the first day of the spring signing period. But the Cowboys could be looking to add at least one more player sometime during the signing period which runs from April 13 through May 18. One of those targets may be Jamari Traylor, a 6-8, 217-pound power forward, from the IMG Basketball Academy in Florida.

Traylor, originally from Chicago, said that he will be making an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend.

"They've been in touch with me for about a month now. I really didn't have a favorite for a school, so my recruiting was still kind of wide open," Traylor said Tuesday afternoon.

Oklahoma State assistant coach Steve Middleton met with Traylor and his mother this past weekend in Chicago, and Traylor said he will travel from Florida to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend.

"When we sat down with Coach Middleton he seemed like a good guy. He really showed me that they have a knack for developing players. The head coach (Travis Ford) knows how to develop players and has put some guys in the league. He showed me information about the school, academics, and I'm really excited about visiting," said Traylor.

"They really gave me a good rundown (when we visited last weekend), but I really just want to walk around the campus and see it for myself. I want to walk around and see how I feel, and see how the team gets along with each other, and hopefully I will get to see a couple of practices."

Traylor says the schools showing him the most interest are Oklahoma State, Kansas, Indiana, Mississippi State and St. John's. He already has visited Indiana and reportedly has plans to make a trip to Kansas.

"I guess I'm going to make my decision in April or May. I really don't know what I'm going to do right now," he said.

Traylor is described as an athletic post player who needs to improve his shooting range, and he agrees with that assessment.

"I couldn't really make a comparison but I'm a highly athletic player who can finish around the rim. I can knock the jump shot down. I'm working on my three-point game to improve it. I get up and down the floor real well. I'm a high energy player and a good shot blocker," he said.

"I'm really a face-up 4, so I will probably start out as a forward and go back to a small forward as I progress."

Traylor said he was excited when he found out that Oklahoma State was interested in recruiting him.

"The coaches from Oklahoma State had been in contact with my coach, coach (Loren) Jackson (at the IMG Academy). They had seen me play and I guess they liked what they saw," he said. "My first thought was I know it's a big program in the Big 12, and it would be a good fit for me because they've got a couple of nice guys coming in in this recruiting class. I feel like I would fit it."


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