Hoops Recruiting: Shaw Will Be A Fan Favorite

When Andy Shaw runs onto the Gallagher-Iba Arena court as an OSU Cowboy next season he's not going to attract the attention of players like Brandon Rush of Kansas and Daniel Gibson of Texas. The 6-foot-1 guard could be one of three Edmond (Santa Fe High School), Okla., products suiting up for the Cowboys next season, but he won't attract the attention of All-Stater Obi Muonelo or 6-foot-10 Ekpe Udoh. Shaw's dream has always been to play for the Cowboys, and he will experience that as a walk-on.

"He's a 6-1 shooting guard ... one of those kids you're going to look at and he's doesn't do anything that's going to knock your socks off," said Santa Fe head coach Guy Hardaker. "But he is not going to do anything to hurt your team. He makes less mistakes than anybody we've got in our program, and will have the fewest amount of turnovers every year, shoot about 40 percent from three-point range ... just smart, intelligent, a coach on the floor. Just a stud kid. He was actually voted Mr. Santa Fe High School ... he's that kind of kid.

"I think he'll be special in their program. I think he'll be one that everybody roots for and he'll help them get in better in practice. If he gets a little time (in games) here and there I'm sure he'll surprise some people."

Shaw has been one of the reasons the Wolves have won 43 of 51 games – including the Class 6A state championsip last year – in the past two seasons. As a senior, Shaw is averaging 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 35.9 percent from three-point range (33 of 92) and 73.7 percent from the foul line.

Want one more reason that Cowboy fans will be rooting for this kid? Hardaker has one for you: "He's so set on being a Cowboy (that) he changed his number to (Nate) Fleming's number after the plane crash. He's a great kid and comes from a great family."

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