Catching up with five future Cowboys

As the high school regular season winds down and the playoffs prepare to begin we thought we'd update you on the five basketball players who signed with Oklahoma State in November.

Kenneth Cooper, center (6-10) from Monroe (Richwood), La.
Cooper is averaging about 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for Richwood, which enters the Louisiana Class 3A state playoffs with a 30-8 record, including a 12-game winning streak to end the regular season.
The Rams, the third-ranked 3A team in the state of Louisiana, finished the regular season in convincing fashion with a 91-43 victory over Jena last Friday night. Cooper had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Richwood. Three nights earlier, he finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in Richwood's 83-64 victory over Carroll.

Byron Eaton, guard (5-11) from Dallas (Lincoln), Texas
Eaton is beginning to heat up as the season winds down. Remember, Eaton missed Lincoln's first 12 games because he was quarterbacking the football team to the state championship game. In the 15 games since he joined the team Eaton is averaging 18.0 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game.
Lincoln, 21-6, is ranked third in Class 4A in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll. Eaton and his teammates have three games remaining to play this week – including Wednesday night's game at Woodrow Wilson High School – before the playoffs begin. Last week, Eaton led Lincoln to an87-58 victory over Hillcrest with 28 points, nine steals, eight assists and seven rebounds. A week earlier, he scored a season-high 33 points in Lincoln's 80-65 victory over Spruce.

Roderick Flemings, guard (6-5) from DeSoto, Texas
Flemings and his teammates finished the regular season Tuesday night with a 56-48 victory over Duncanville. Flemings scored a team-high 19 points in the victory as DeSoto improved to 32-2 on the season, including a 28-game winning streak. Both of DeSoto's losses came in the first few weeks of the season in games in which Flemings did not play because he was concentrating on his academics.
Flemings, who has scored in double figures in 24 of the 26 games he has played this season, is averaging 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds for DeSoto, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) poll. He has had five games this season in which he scored 25 or more points, including a season-best 32 points in two games (vs. Irving on Dec. 11 and vs. Cedar Hill on Jan. 18).

Gerald Green, guard-forward (6-8) from Gulf Shores Academy in Houston
Green, one of the top high school players in the nation, is averaging 32 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists while shooting 95 percent from the free-throw line and 58 percent on three-pointers. Gulf Shores, a charter school not eligible for the playoffs because it is not a member of the University Interscholastic League in Texas, has won 28 of 32 games this season.
Gulf Shores has played in 11 different out-of-state events this season, including trips to Delaware, New York, the Bahamas, Florida, New Mexico and West Virginia. Green, who scored 50 points in one game earlier this season, and his teammates only have a few games remaining on their schedule.

Terrel Harris, guard (6-4) from Garland (South Garland), Texas
Harris is averaging 17.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game following South Garland's 72-46 victory over North Garland on Tuesday night. South Garland finishes the regular season on Friday night and then begins preparing for the Texas playoffs.
South Garland, 24-4 and ninth in this week's TABC rankings of 5A teams, lost two of its first three games to begin the season but has started to peak at the right time, winning its last 13 contests. Harris and his teammates have won their last nine games by an average of 18.8 points, and their closest contest was a 64-55 victory over Lakeview. Harris has led the team in scoring in four of those nine wins. He scored a season-high 23 points in South Garland's 68-49 victory over Rowlett on Jan. 28.

Dallas area fans take note
OSU fans living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be able to see Green, Eaton and Flemings play in person on Saturday in The Dallas Morning News Classic. The classic, to be played at Reunion Arena, features four games with some of the state's top teams and players.
Green and his Houston Gulf Shores teammates will play South Oak Cliff at 4 p.m. Eaton's Lincoln team will face Fleming's DeSoto squad at 6 p.m. in the final game of the day. Also scheduled to play are Seagoville vs. Richardson Berkner (noon) and Carter vs. Crowley (2 p.m.)

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