Hoops Recruiting: Weems Is 'Monster Athlete'

Basketball recruiting is heating up and the Cowboys have their share of players planning visits the next several weeks. As a matter of fact, junior college standout Sonny Weems from Arkansas-Fort Smith was in Stillwater for his official visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend.

"He really enjoyed his visit," said Jeremy Cox, head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Weems, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard, averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game as a freshman and earned third team All-American recognition. He is rated as the third-best junior college player in the nation by JucoJunction.

Weems visited Arkansas the week before making the trip to Stillwater. He also has visits scheduled to Baylor and Oklahoma. He made an earlier official visit to Tennessee.

"He's a monster athlete," is how Cox described Weems. "He's got a terrific upside. He's just going to get better and better. His potential is unlimited."

Cox says Weems reminds him of former Cowboys Tony Allen, Melvin Sanders and the Graham twins (Joey and Stephen). "He fits the same mold as some of those players they've had the last few years. He has the same type of body and the same type of athleticism," Cox said.

"I coached at Garden City (Kan.) Community College when Melvin Sanders was at Seward County. He reminds me so much of Melvin or Tony Allen, although he may not have that same toughness that Tony had on the court," Cox continued.

Cox, who coached three future NBA players (Theo Ratliff, Reggie Slater and Tim Breaux) while on the coaching staff at Wyoming, says that Weems also will be playing with the big boys one day.

"His biggest positive is just his explosiveness," Cox said. "You just can't get more athletic than he is. The upside is that his skill level is just going to get better daily. As he matures and continues to improve his potential is unlimited. Sonny is not even close to the full maturation of his game."

What areas does Weems need to improve? "His ball control," his coach said. "He's got to improve handling the ball and passing the ball. And, like most kids, he's got to gain more strength."

Cox closed with this thought. "When you talk about athletes, I don't think you'll find many better than him. I've never seen a kid recruited on this level who's a better kid. Sometimes his game overshadows what a good person he is."

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