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Aaron Pettway Signs National Letter Of Intent

Coach Sutton and the Cowboy coaching staff are taking advantage of OSU's appearance in the Final Four. Stillwater, Okla. -  Oklahoma State's Cowboy Basketball team has taken advantage of its Final Four appearance earlier this month, signing highly-recruited Aaron Pettway to a national letter of intent, it was announced today. <BR><BR> <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=181&p=9&c=2&cid=255173&nid=986166&fhn=1">Aaron Pettway</a>

"Aaron Pettway is going to give us better depth along the front line," OSU Coach Eddie Sutton said. "He'll certainly challenge for a starting position. He's a player that has a lot of opportunity to mature and to become a better player, because he didn't play high school basketball. He has a lot of talent, and we feel like he's certainly got a bright future here and will be a welcome addition."

A 6-11, 225 pound, sophomore at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., this past season, Pettway will bolster the Cowboys' front line with his size and shot-blocking ability.

"We feel like Aaron has made terrific progress while here at Hutchinson Community College," said Hutchinson coach Chad Wintz. "He has really prospered with the junior college experience in that he had very limited experience coming in. I look for nothing but bigger and better things to come from him."

Pettway averaged 7.9 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons. He shot 45.8 percent from the floor and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line. A second-team all-league selection, Pettway also earned second-team All-Region VI accolades and was named to the NJCAA Region VI all-tournament team.

"I think his (offensive) skills are way underrated," said Wintz. "The last stretch of the season for us, the reason why his offensive numbers went up was because of his mentality. He took an aggressive approach that he hadn't for a period of time, and that's encouraging. I know he will have that approach, and then some, at the next level."

The Blue Dragons were 29-4 overall and 13-3 in the Jayhawk Conference West Division. Hutchinson was ranked No. 10 nationally in the final National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

"It came down to winning tradition, Eddie Sutton, and the opportunity to fit right in with his system," said Pettway. "He showed me that I could fit right in and that's what I was looking for."

Pettway left HCC as the school's all-time and single-season blocked-shot leader. He had 89 this past season, the second most in the Jayhawk Conference, and finished his career with 152 blocked shots. He led the league in rebounding his freshman year, and was second in blocked shots. He had one blocked shot in 31-of-32 games last season, and had seven contests with at least five deflections.

At 6-3, Pettway never made his high school basketball team. However, after spending four years in the United States Air Force, he grew eight inches and became a dominant force on his team based out of Andrews Air Force Base.

"I think I can bring a defensive presence that they (the Cowboys) need and a little more size in the middle," said Pettway. "(I am) someone who can help spread the floor and move the ball in transition."

Pettway was recruited by Georgetown, Maryland, Florida State, and Georgia, and narrowed his choices to include Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. He chose the Cowboys over Alabama.

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