Basketball Recruiting: Big Weekend For Pokes

Not only is it a big weekend for Daxx Garman, who will be making his first start at quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday night, but it’s also a huge weekend for Travis Ford. The Cowboys head basketball coach and his staff will be hosting a pair of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects for official visits this weekend.

Making the trip to Stillwater from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be four-star recruits Elijah Thomas of Lancaster, Texas and Admon Gilder from Madison High School in Dallas.

The 6-9, 250-pound Thomas is ranked the 29th overall best high school prospect in the nation, and the eighth-best center prospect in’s national rankings. A standout 6-2, 185-pound sharpshooter, Gilder is the 30th-best shooting guard in the nation.

Thomas and Gilder are best friends and often speak about playing together in college.

“We have a great chemistry. We've known each other for a long time,” Gilder told Billy Embody of (SMU). “He's one of the best big men in the country and I'm one of the best shooters in the country."If it happens, it happens, but most definitely right now we are trying to play together and go to the same school.”

Both Thomas and Gilder recently trimmed their list of schools they are still considering, and Oklahoma State is a finalist for both players.

Thomas cut his list on Aug. 5 to OSU, Illinois, LSU, SMU, Texas A&M and UNLV. Gilder trimmed his list of schools on Aug. 21 to OSU, Baylor, Kansas State, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M.

“Oklahoma State is one of my final schools because they built an awesome relationship with me and they offered me early and showed I was the guy they needed the most in my class,” Thomas said.

Thomas says he is looking forward to learning more about the Cowboys program this weekend.

“I’m just going to find out how I will fit in with the roster and be shown the X’s and O’s and learn petty much anything I don’t know,” said Thomas, who will be accompanied to Stillwater by his mother.

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