Hoops Recruiting: Ping Narrows It To Three

Shang Ping, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man from Illinois Central College, has narrowed his choices to three schools and hopes to make a decision after visiting Oklahoma State this weekend, his junior college coach said Tuesday.

Ping is scheduled to leave Peoria, Ill., for Stillwater on Friday afternoon and spend the weekend on an official visit to Oklahoma State, Illinois Central College head coach Tony Wysinger confirmed this morning.

"I think he wants to make a decision after this weekend. I think he's trying to get it over with," said Wysinger, who believes that Ping will make a decision next week.

Wysinger said that Ping is deciding between Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Pacific. He already has taken official visits to Nebraska, Pacific and Butler. "Butler is out of it," Wysinger said.

Ping averaged 15 points and five rebounds while earning all-region and all-conference honors as a freshman. In one of his first games with the Cougars last season he finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Ping, whose parents were both professional basketball players in China, moved to the United States late in 2004 to attend prep school in Massachusetts. But he became disenchanted there and moved to Peoria, Ill., and has been attending Illinois Central College in East Peoria for the past two years.

Wysinger said that Ping's parents in China and his godparents in Peoria have been sounding boards from him throughout the recruiting process. "They have all been involved in the process," Wysinger said.

Ping is the only basketball recruit scheduled to visit OSU this weekend.

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