Cowboys Sign Their<br>Best Class Ever

Oklahoma State signed four of the top 50 high school basketball players in the country on Wednesday in what is being called the best class in school history. Signing letters of intent to play for the Cowboys were 6-foot-8 wing/small forward Gerald Green from Gulf Shores Academy (Houston), 5-10 point guard Byron Eaton from Dallas' Lincoln High School, 6-4 shooting guard Terrel Harris of South Garland High in Dallas, and 6-6 wing/small forward Roderick Flemings from DeSoto (Texas) High School.

"As a group I'm not sure we've ever signed a better class of high school players," said OSU head coach designate Sean Sutton.

It all starts with Green, who is ranked anywhere from No. 1 through No. 12 in the nation among high school recruits according to recruiting analysts. He averaged 29.1 points, 15.2 rebounds, 7.3 blocks and 5.2 assists as a junior at Gulf Shores Academy. Green participated in several tournaments this past summer, including the Adidas Showtime Tournament where he was named the best wing forward. He was the leading scorer (19.1 points per game) at the Reebok ABCD Camp, playing against some of the nation's best prep players.

Green chose OSU after being recruited by Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, DePaul, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

Eaton is one of the nation's top point guards, and ranked among the top 20 players in the nation by every recruiting service. He averaged 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds as a junior.

He participated this past summer in the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp (Richmond, Va.), the Senior All-Star game at the Reebok ABCD Camp (New Jersey), the Reebok Big Time Touranment (Las Vegas) and the Reebok West Summer Classic (Fullerton, Calif.).

Eaton picked OSU after being recruited by Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Texas.

Harris is the slasher with a quick first step who is capable of scoring in traffic. He averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists a year ago.

Harris, the nephew of former Cowboy football player Wendell Yancey, selected OSU after being recruited by LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Texas Tech.

Flemings was always on the Cowboys' radar but he exploded onto the national scene with an impressive summer. He averaged 15.1 points to lead the prestigious NBA Top 100 Camp (Richmond, Va.) in scoring and was also impressive at the Adidas Superstar Camp in July to earn a spot in the senior all-star game. He averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds as a junior.

"The thing we really like about this group is that they are all really good people," Sean Sutton said. "I think they will fit in well here at Oklahoma State is because they can all shoot the basketball. They are athletic and they can shoot the ball."

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