Hoops Recruiting: Two Down, Three To Go

Sean Sutton is 2-for-2 after the first day of the early signing period but the Oklahoma State head basketball coach won't be satisfied unless he bats a perfect 1.000 – receiving letters of intent from all five of the Cowboys top targets in the next few days. The Cowboys are off to a good start with the signing of James Anderson and Nick Sidorakis on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period.

Sutton is also hoping to receive letters on intent from 5-10, 150-pound Jai Lucas, who is ranked as the 46th best recruit and the seventh-best point guard; 6-8 ½ 250-pound Martavius Adams of Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., and 7-footer Ibrahima Thomas of Stoneridge Prep School in Simi Valley, Calif.

Adams, who plays at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., is a 6-8 ½, 250-pound center who is ranked as the 87th best high school player in the country by Scout.com. He verbally committed to Oklahoma State last month, but had yet to sign and send his letter of intent to the Cowboy basketball office by the start of Wednesday's practice. He is expected to send the letter of intent to OSU later Wednesday night or Thursday.

Lucas, the younger brother of former Cowboy point guard John Lucas, has reportedly narrowed his choices to OSU, Kentucky, Maryland and Oklahoma and is expected to make his decision known in the next few days. Thomas is scheduled to visit Auburn on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before returning to California to make a decision between OSU, Auburn, Rutgers, Ball State and Fresno State.

Anderson, the 6-6, 190-pound forward from Junction City, Ark., was one of the Cowboys' top targets. Ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the nation by Scout.com, he announced Wednesday during a signing ceremony that he was picking Oklahoma State over Kansas. He also had considered Florida and Arkansas.

Sutton thinks the signing of Anderson will only help the Cowboys as they try to get Lucas and Thomas in the fold.

"I think it's going to help a lot from the standpoint that good players like playing with other good players," the Cowboy head coach said. "So many guys want a chance to compete for a national championship and play in Final Fours. Obviously you can't do it by yourself; you've got to have quality teammates. I would think his decision today could help us with some other guys."

The 6-4, 180-pound Sidorakis was the first player to commit to the Cowboys in May, and remained steadfast in his commitment the last six months. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in leading Jenks (Okla.) High School to a 22-5 record and the Class 6A state semifinals a year ago. As a junior, he shot 52 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range, and 81 percent from the free-throw line.

"I like him because he does a lot of things well. He's got a lot of savvy on the court. He's really a smart player," Sutton said. "He's capable of playing a couple different positions on the court. He's a tough competitor, (and) hard worker. He comes out of a very successful program at Jenks. He does a lot of things well. I think he's got a chance to be a really good shooter, but more than that he handles the ball well and he's a good passer. He needs to work hard in the weight room to get stronger. He'll be a good player in our system."

The early signing period goes through next Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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