Oklahoma State basketball picks up verbal from Florida high school standout

Oklahoma State basketball picks up verbal from Florida high school standout

Oklahoma State picked up its first commit in the 2016 basketball signing class when 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard Thomas Dziagwa from Tampa Catholic High School gave Cowboys head coach Travis Ford a verbal commitment Sunday after visiting this weekend.

Dziagwa said he picked OSU after previously visiting South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.

"I had heard how big of a family it was and when I saw how big of a family it is this weekend I knew that Oklahoma State was the place for me," Dziagwa said Sunday evening. "There were a lot of positive things there."

Dziagwa said he and his parents were impressed with what they saw on their first ever trip to Stillwater.

"It's beautiful, that kind of sums it up," he said. "It's the ideal college town. I was expecting it to be a college town but didn't really know how great it was until I got there. Until you see it in person ... it's beautiful there."

Dziagwa averaged 26.8 points and five assists last season as a junior in helping Tampa Catholic to the regional semifinals, while shooting nearly 38 percent (119-for-316) from 3-point range.

"[Oklahoma State] is a perfect fit. I like to play up and down, share the ball, play up tempo, and that's what they do," he said. "I'm hard working, and people say I shoot the ball really well. The people in Tampa Bay have been comparing my game to Stephon Curry [of the Golden State Warriors] or J.J. Redick [of the Los Angeles Clippers].

"I had an idea I wanted to commit early and thought I may this weekend but wasn't really sure. But when you know, you know. When I was on campus this weekend, I knew and didn't want to waste any time."

He also reportedly had offers from Jacksonville, Rider, Texas Rio Grande Valley, Delaware, American, High Point, Lehigh, Long Beach State and Air Force.

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