Hoops: Who's Visiting This Weekend?

The Oklahoma State basketball program will have nearly 40 visitors this weekend – although the Cowboy coaching staff was hoping they'd have a few more than that making the trip to Stillwater. While plenty of former Cowboy basketball players will be returning for Alumni Weekend, there is only one high school recruit scheduled to make a visit this weekend.

Martavius Adams, the 17th best center in the nation as ranked by Scout.com, said Tuesday night that he will be making an official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend. Adams, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder from Irwinton (Wilkinson County), Ga., will be the only recruit making the trip to Stillwater.

Point guard Jai Lucas, the younger brother of former Cowboy John Lucas, was expected to accompany his brother to Stillwater on an unofficial visit. But he has informed the Cowboy coaching staff that he will be unable to attend because he will be going to North Carolina to visit his ailing grandmother. Also, forward George Goode of Raytown (South), Mo., who had planned to make an official visit to OSU, has cancelled his trip to Stillwater after verbally committing to Louisville while visiting there last weekend.

Other recruits who had earlier been expected to make official visits to OSU this weekend were small forward James Anderson of Junction City, Ark., power forward Tracy Smith of Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, N.C., and 6-10 post Desmond Hendrix of Wabash Valley junior college in Illinois. Anderson is making an official visit to Arkansas, Smith is unable to make official visits until taking the SAT in mid-September, and Hendrix said he will not be taking any visits until after his season. All three have said they will take official visits to Oklahoma State in the near future.

Adams, a four-star recruit ranked as the 87th best recruit in the nation, originally committed to Georgia last January but opened his recruiting back up in May. OSU will be his first official visit but he says he also will take trips to Charlotte, Cincinnati, LSU and Rhode Island. Adams is being recruited by Cowboy assistant Jimmy Williams.

Alumni Weekend events are expected to attract up to 40 former Cowboy players, including every member of the 2004-05 Final Four team (with the possible exception of Joey Graham). The former players get the weekend started with a lunch and golf outing at Karsten Creek on Friday, and then will go to OSU head coach Sean Sutton's home for dinner. The alums will participate in pickup games on Saturday (although they are not open to the public since the new floor seating in Gallagher-Iba Arena is not yet completed) and the former Cowboys also are invited to watch the OSU-Missouri State football game from a suite on the Club Level.

Among some of the former Cowboys expecting to attend are Tony Allen, John Lucas, Stephen Graham, Jason Miller, Janavor Weatherspoon, Ivan McFarlin, Terrence Crawford, Daniel Bobik, Mo Baker, Joe Adkins, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Corey Williams, Andre Williams, Alex Webber, Brooks Thompson, Scott Sutton, Melvin Sanders, Scott Pearce, Bryndon Manzer, Cornell Hatcher, Cheyne Gadson and others.


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