Hoops Recruiting: Sidorakis Commits

Nick Sidorakis, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from Jenks (Okla.) High School, became Oklahoma State's first basketball commitment for the 2007 recruiting class when he announced Sunday that he would sign with the Cowboys, the Tulsa World reported in Monday morning's edition.

Sidorakis averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a junior last season. He is expected to be one of the state's top seniors during the 2006-07 high school season.

Sidorakis told the Tulsa World that he committed to the Cowboys after considering Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wichita State and Virginia. He said that OSU, OU and Tulsa had offered scholarships.

"Just the family atmosphere, how they accepted you," Sidorakis told the Tulsa World when asked why he decided on Oklahoma State. "The atmosphere and Gallagher is what really got me. When I walked in the gym and you are hearing all those fans screaming, it's a good feeling."

Verbal commitments are nonbinding, and the earliest Sidorakis will be able to sign a binding letter of intent is the fall signing period in November. He still decided to commit early because "it just felt like the right time," he told the Tulsa World.

Jenks head coach Clay Martin told the Tulsa World, "He's got the best vision of anybody I have ever coached. And I haven't coached that long, but I have coached at a lot of different levels, and he is two steps ahead of everyone else on the court with his vision ... He always finds guys before they are open. It's really a neat deal when your best player is also your most humble player. But they are getting a kid who is going to compete, and he is going to represent the university in a first-class way. He's a tremendous player, but he's an even better person that comes from a great family."

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