Hoops Recruiting: Adams Picks Cowboys

Top 100 prospect Martavius Adams, one of the best high school centers in the country, gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State on Tuesday, his high school coach Dr. Aaron Geter Jr. told GoPokes.com tonight. The 6-foot-8 1/2 inch, 250-pound Adams is the 87th best prospect and ranked as the 16th best center by Scout.com national recruiting director Dave Telep.

Adams, from Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., picked Oklahoma State over Cincinnati. He had originally committed to Georgia last January but opened his recruiting back up in May. Geter said that Adams will sign with the Cowboys during the early signing period which begins Nov. 8.

"They wanted him and he wanted to be with them so it looks like the perfect marriage," said Geter, who said that Adams informed him of his decision on Tuesday. "Anytime you have a kid who has the opportunity to go to a university and get his education you can't help but be excited for him, and he's excited too. Anytime there's a commitment to excellence like that of Oklahoma State I think it would excite any student-athlete to come there and play."

Geter said that Adams is "just a good big basketball player. He handles the ball well, he shoots the ball well, and he can score from down on the block. I think his strongest suit is shooting the basketball."

Geter said that the big man is like most other high school players in that "he has got to get stronger. He's probably not ready to defend at the level and with the intensity that's expected in Division I basketball.

"I think the kid is ready to play (as a freshman). I'm sure he'll get the opportunity to compete for playing time at Oklahoma State."

Adams visited Oklahoma State the first weekend of September, and that made quite an impression on him, Geter said.

"From just talking to him I think he had a really good time on the visit and he has a really good relationship with the coach who recruited him in Coach (Jimmy) Williams," the coach said.

Adams becomes the second high school player to verbally commit to the Cowboys. Guard Nick Sidorakis (6-5, 180) of Jenks (Okla.) High School committed to OSU in April and plans to sign next month.

All commitments are non-binding until the early signing period begins Nov. 8.

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