Green Signs With Agent, Going to NBA

Gerald Green, the 6-foot-8 high school phenom who signed with Oklahoma State last November, will never wear an Oklahoma State uniform. Green, who applied for early entry in the NBA Draft, has hired an agent, according to a broadcast report out of Houston.

Green has hired Andrew Vye of Atlanta-based Kauffman Sports Management as his agent, according to a statement sent to Houston television station KRIV by family spokeswoman Tracy Walker.

"I believe their commitment to me as a player and to my career will be consistent," Green said in the statement.

Green, 19, said he has informed the Oklahoma State basketball staff of his decision.

Green, who averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists this past season at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, saw his draft stock rocket after his performance in the McDonald's All-High School American Game in late March. Green scored a game-high 24 points and won the slam-dunk competition at the McDonald's game.

Green declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft last month, but had a right to pull his name out of the draft by June 21 if he had not hired an agent. But his draft status had continued to rise in recent weeks with many mock draft web sites predicting he will be one of the top five players selected.

Green, ranked the No. 2 recruit in the nation by, was a member of the most highly ranked recruiting class ever signed by the Cowboys. The other four players signing, and still expecting to report in the fall, are Byron Eaton (ranked No. 23 by, Roderick Flemings (No. 46), Kenneth Cooper (No. 81) and Terrel Harris (No. 94).

In addition, OSU signed three junior college standouts this spring. They are Torre Johnson of Garden City (Kan.) Community College, Jamaal Brown of College of Southern Idaho, and Mario Boggan of Chipola (Fla.) College.

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