Brumbaugh: OSU Is "Best Situation For Me"

Keith Brumbaugh spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since signing a financial aid agreement last month to play this fall at Oklahoma State University. Brumbaugh, one of the top 15 high school players in the nation, said Tuesday on the Greg Swaim radio show that he would be arriving in Stillwater around Aug. 14 and enroll for fall semester classes.

"Oklahoma State has the top school ... and it was the best situation for me," Brumbaugh told Swaim during his radio show Tuesday afternoon on TriplePlay Sports.

Brumbaugh, one of only 20 players selected to participate in the (Michael) Jordan Classic all-star game this past April at Madison Square Garden in New York City, averaged 30.3 points, 12 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals as a senior at Deland (Fla.) High School.

Brumbaugh told Swaim that the only current member of the OSU team that he knows is JamesOn Curry. "In the 10th grade we played on the same team at the All-American Camp in Indianapolis," said Brumbaugh, who was named the 2005 Florida Mr. Basketball and selected a third-team Parade All-American this past spring.

"I want to go in there and work hard," Brumbaugh said during the interview with Swaim. "I'm pretty sure I'll make an immediate impact at the three position."

Brumbaugh declared for the NBA Draft in May, only to withdraw his name by the June deadline to maintain his amateur status. He never signed with an agent, and was not among the players invited to the NBA Pre-Draft camp in Chicago, meaning his chances to be selected in the first two rounds were slim.

He spent several weeks in the spring training with former NBA head coach John Lucas in Houston. Lucas, the dad of recent OSU point guard John Lucas III, helped improve his game, Brumbaugh said.

"He said I was a tremendous athlete with a lot of great tools and shooting ability, but there are a lot of intangibles that I need to learn," Brumbaugh told Swaim.

Brumbaugh will be joining a recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 in the nation, and considered by some to be the best recruiting class since Michigan's "Fab Five" (of future NBA standouts Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard) in the 1990s. The "Fab Five" led the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Tournament championship games in 1992 and 1993.

Brumbaugh, ranked the 14th-best player in the nation by Scout.com, will be joining McDonald's All-American Byron Eaton (ranked No. 23 by Scout.com), Roderick Flemings (No. 46), Kenneth Cooper (No. 81) and Terrel Harris (No. 94), and three junior college All-Americans. Eaton, Flemings, Cooper and Harris spent the last few months in Stillwater attending summer school classes.

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