Gerald Green Says OSU Still in Plans - For Now!

Gerald Green, the top-ranked high school basketball player in the best recruiting class ever signed at Oklahoma State, said Tuesday morning in a press conference in Houston that he has not signed with an agent and is still considering his options, including entering the NBA Draft or playing for the Cowboys next season.

"All I'm doing right now is weighing all my options," said the 6-foot-8 Green, who averaged nearly 33 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists while playing for Gulf Shores Academy in Houston this past season.

Green said Tuesday that he has applied for the early entry into the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. He has until June 21 to withdraw his name from consideration and retain his college eligibility, as long as he has not signed with an agent. The NBA Draft is June 28.

Green has maintained since signing with the Cowboys in November that he would play at least one season with the other four high school players who signed with Oklahoma State. Joining Green in what is being called the best recruiting class to ever sign with OSU are 6-foot-10 Kenneth Cooper of Monroe (La.) Richwood, 5-11 point guard Byron Eaton of Dallas (Texas) Lincoln, 6-5 Roderick Flemings of DeSoto, Texas, and 6-4 Terrel Harris of Garland (Texas) South High.

But Green's thinking has changed recent weeks, after the McDonald's High School All-American game in which representatives from every NBA team were present and saw him score a game-high 24 points and win the slam-dunk contest. Several NBA sources, again depending upon who you talk with, indicate that Green could be a possible lottery pick (one of the first 14 players selected) in the draft on June 28.

The first pick in the NBA Draft ios guaranteed a three-year, $10.8 million contract. The seventh pick will make $5.9 million for three years, and the 14th selection will sign a $3.8 million contract for three years.

"He's in a pretty good position," said his dad, Gerald Green Sr. "Like he's always said, he'd love to go to OSU. But the NBA has always been a life-long dream. If he's a lottery pick, it's pretty safe to say he'll be NBA-bound. If not, he'll be OSU-bound."

Brenda Green, his mother, said, "We just want to make sure that whatever decision he makes -- just like when he picked OSU -- that he makes the best decision for him. He picked OSU because that was the best school for him, not because it's the best school in the nation but because it was the best school for Gerald."

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