Point Guard Tyree Griffin Signs With Cowboys

As expected, 5-9 point guard Tyree Griffin, who was named the Large School Player of the Year by The Times-Picayune last month, signed a national letter of intent with Oklahoma State's basketball team, Cowboys head coach Travis Ford confirmed Thursday. Griffin played last season at Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans.

"We are very excited about Tyree joining our basketball family," Ford said in a news release. "He is a dynamic point guard who affects the game on both ends of the court. He brings great toughness and a winning attitude. We are looking forward to him wearing the Cowboy uniform."

Tyree Griffin averaged 17.2 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in leading the Chargin' Bucs to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Class 4A state championship with a 76-56 win over East Jefferson.

"I felt like OSU was the right school for me," said Griffin, who had 15 points and finished with six assists and four rebounds in the title game after recording 25 points and six assists in the semifinals. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the state tournament.

"When I went to Stillwater on my official visit, I saw that it is definitely a basketball town. I felt comfortable with coach Ford and coach (Butch) Pierre. He started recruiting me back in the summer, and I felt real comfortable with him. With Marcus Smart leaving (for the NBA), I think I can come in and help out right away."

Griffin originally committed to Texas-El Paso before deciding not to sign with the Miners in November. That's when Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette began pursuing the Louisiana standout.

"The main thing about him is he has all the intangibles to be a point guard, with tremendous will and tremendous drive," Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson told The New Orleans Advocate in March. "He has tremendous handles, and he is a wonderful rebounder. He is just a complete guard. His size is misleading. He plays much better than his size is.

"He is going to play extremely hard because coach Ford gave him an opportunity when a lot of schools didn't. Tyree plays with a chip on his shoulder."

Griffin is the fifth member of the Cowboys' recruiting class for the 2014-15 season. He joins junior-college transfer Jeff Newberry, as well as incoming freshmen Joe Burton, Mitchell Solomon and Jared Terrell.

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