Hoops Recruiting: Anderson, Lucas To Decide?

Sean Sutton – like basketball coaches all across the country – will huddle with his staff on the fourth floor of Gallagher-Iba Arena watching the fax machine Wednesday morning. Sutton will be waiting to receive up to five faxes that could determine how successful the Cowboys could be in the next few years. You see, Wednesday is the first day of the early signing period which runs from Nov. 8-15.

Sutton and the Cowboy staff is hoping to sign five players during the early signing period, including two of the top 50 high school players in the nation in small forward James Anderson of Junction City, Ark., and point guard Jai Lucas of Houston (Bellaire), Texas.

Anderson, a 6-6, 190-pound forward who averaged 32 points, 12 rebounds and three assists last season for Class 2A Junction City, will announce his decision at a 1 p.m. news conference at his high school. Joe Hammett, Anderson's high school coach, has said in recent weeks that Anderson is deciding between OSU and Kansas. Anderson is ranked by Scout.com as the 24th best prospect in the nation.

Lucas, the younger brother of former Cowboy point guard John Lucas, is reportedly deciding between OSU, Kentucky, Maryland and Oklahoma – the four schools he made official visits to in recent weeks. The 5-10, 150-pound Lucas (ranked 46th in the nation) averaged 21.5 points per game as a junior. He could sign on Wednesday, the first day of the early period, or he could delay making his choice known for a few days.

There are two players the Cowboys are almost assured of receiving letters of intent from on Wednesday. One is 6-8 1/2, 250-pound center Martavius Adams of Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga. He verbally committed to OSU last month after narrowing his choices to Oklahoma State and Cincinnati. Adams is considered the nation's 87th best prospect, and the 16th best center.

The Cowboys also will sign Jenks (Okla.) High School guard Nick Sidorakis, a 6-4, 180-pound shooting guard who averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in leading his team to the Class 6A state semifinals a year ago. Sidorakis, who verbally committed to OSU in May, has remained steadfast in his commitment over the last few months. Sidorakis will be joined by Jenks High School golfer Mark Johnson, who will sign with Cowboy golf coach Mike McGraw, in a 1:45 p.m. (Central time) signing ceremony at the school.

It will be a surprise if a fax arrives Wednesday in the Cowboy basketball offices from 7-footer Ibrahima Thomas of Stoneridge Prep School in Simi Valley, Calif. Thomas is still very interested in OSU but has one final trip to Auburn this weekend (Nov. 11-13) before he plans making a decision which school he will sign with. Thomas has visited OSU, Ball State, Rutgers and Fresno State in the last three weeks. "He will make a decision and sign before the early signing period ends on Nov. 15," Stoneridge administrator Mike Mahoney said Monday.

GoPokes Top Stories