Hoops Recruiting: Gillenwater Picks OSU

Troy Gillenwater, a 6-7, 225-pound junior forward from Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif., told GoPokes.com on Thursday afternoon that he has committed to Oklahoma State. Gillenwater will sign with OSU in November, and becomes the second member of the Cowboys' recruiting class of 2008, joining Pawnee (Okla.) High School guard Keiton Page.

"Oklahoma State is just the right place for me," Gillenwater said. "I've been thinking about it a lot, and a couple days ago I was all alone and thinking about it and decided the time was right."

Gillenwater said he had narrowed his choices to four schools, including USC, Arizona and Kansas, before deciding to commit to Oklahoma State.

"I just felt like I wanted to end the recruiting, and I already knew where I wanted to go," Gillenwater said when asked why he made his decision now.

Gillenwater credited Cowboy assistant coach Kyle Keller with being one of the reasons he picked Oklahoma State. "Both Coach Keller and Coach (Sean) Sutton have been our here a lot of times, way too many to count. I don't know how many times they've watched me practice," Gillenwater said. "There were times that Coach Keller would be here at our morning practices at 6 o'clock."

Gillenwater said that OSU's winning tradition – the Cowboys have been to the NCAA Tournament eight of the last 10 seasons – was also a factor in his decision. He also talked about how the success of Cowboy senior Mario Boggan was instrumental in his choice of OSU.

"Oklahoma State has great tradition with Coach Eddie Sutton and I've been really impressed with Mario Boggan and what a great player he is. I think we play the same way and have the same type of game, and he's definitely the main focus of the offense," said Gillenwater, who is averaging 12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds this season at Stoneridge Prep.

Gillenwater becomes the second player from Stoneridge Prep to commit to OSU. Ibrahima Thomas, a 7-footer originally from Senegal, is a senior at Stoneridge Prep and signed with the Cowboys during the early signing period in November. "Thomas is a great player. I love playing with him. He's my teammate now and I look forward to him being my teammate at Oklahoma State," he said.

Gillenwater offered this message to Oklahoma State fans, "I just want to tell everybody that I will be in Stillwater, and am looking forward to it. I just want to bring a piece of the puzzle that will help bring a national championship to Oklahoma State."

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