Hoops Recruiting: Top 100 Prospects To Visit

Go Pokes has confirmed that two of the nation's top 100 high school basketball prospects will visit Oklahoma State for the Cowboy basketball program's Alumni Weekend, scheduled Sept. 1-3. To find out who the players are and what they had to say, read the entire story.

Point guard Jai Lucas and power forward George Goode both told Go Pokes on Wednesday night that they would be attending the Alumni Weekend, which includes an outing at Karsten Creek on Friday, Sept. 1. The activities continue Saturday with a cookout at the home of Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton and then a trip to watch the OSU football team's season opener against Missouri State from a suite inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

The 5-foot-10, 145-pound Lucas, ranked as the 46th best prospect in the nation (and the seventh best point guard) by Scout national recruiting director Dave Telep, said that he will be making an unofficial visit to Stillwater. Lucas, whose stock has been rising after an outstanding summer, indicated that he would be joined by his brother John Lucas III, a former Cowboy point guard who recently signed a three-year contract with the NBA's Houston Rockets.

"It's an unofficial visit," said Lucas, who indicated that he has not set any official visits yet but would be doing so in the next few weeks. His official visits, he says, will be to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kentucky, LSU and Maryland.

Goode, the 6-8, 215-pound forward from Raytown (South), Mo., is ranked by Telep as the 73rd best prospect and the 19th best power forward. He averaged 15 points per game last year as a junior at Raytown South.

"I just got off the phone with (OSU assistant) Jimmy Williams and Coach Sean Sutton," said George Goode Sr., the dad to the athletic forward. "We're looking forward to having a lot of fun when we come to Stillwater for the Alumni Weekend."

Goode Sr. said that his son is planning to take all five of his official visits – Aug. 25-27 to Louisville, Sept. 1-3 to Oklahoma State, Marquette and USC (Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 15-17 although those dates have not been finalized), and either Florida or Miami as his final destination.

Goode Sr. said he expects his son to make a decision after taking his visits. "He wants to get that out of the way so he can begin concentrating on his senior season," he said.

There has been speculation that James Anderson, the five-star small forward from Junction City, Ark., would also be attending OSU's Alumni Weekend. However, Junction City High School coach Joe Hammett said Wednesday night that Anderson would not be making his official visit to OSU that weekend. "We're still trying to figure it out, but I think his official visit to Oklahoma State will probably be later in September or October," Hammett said.

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