Hoops Recruiting: Help Is On The Way

Three of Oklahoma State's recent basketball signees are hoping to lead their respective teams to high school state championships the next few weeks, and another Cowboy commitment also has his sights set on a state title. What does this mean for OSU? It means the staff is recruiting players who know how to win, and have the talent and desire to contribute as soon as they arrive in Stillwater.

Martavius Adams is one of the reasons that Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., is favored to capture the Class A state title. James Anderson is the best high school player in Arkansas and has led the Junction City Dragons to a 28-3 record and the top seed in the Class 2A state tourney. Nick Sidorakis of Jenks High School is healthy after suffering a mid-season shoulder injury and the Trojans are just one win away from earning a spot in the final eight in Oklahoma's Class 6A state tournament.

Keiton Page is just a junior and has another year of high school basketball before arriving in Stillwater to play for the Cowboys, but he's hoping to lead the Pawnee (Okla.) Black Bears to their second state title in the past three seasons. Page is averaging nearly 35 points for a Black Bears team that has lost just twice this season – to 6A's second-ranked Midwest City (23-1) and 3A's No. 2-ranked Tahlequah Sequouah (21-2), both in the Tournament of Champions.

Martavius Adams
Wilkinson County has been ranked No. 1 in Georgia's Class A poll throughout the entire season, and earned the No. 1 seed during the regular season. The Warriors rolled to an easy 92-38 victory over Bowdon in a first-round game Saturday night, and advanced to Sectional play this next weekend. Wilkinson County (28-1) has now scored 90 or more points in 15 games this season, and 100 points five times. Adams averages 18.8 points and 11 rebounds.
Next: vs. Tallulah Falls (16-13), Friday, March 2, at Georgia Highlands College.

James Anderson
Anderson scored 113 points in leading No. 1-ranked Junction City to three wins in the Class 2A South Region tournament this past week. The Dragons, now 28-3, advanced to this week's state tournament with a 77-63 victory over Stephens on Saturday night as Anderson scored a game-best 27 points. In earlier regional games, the 6-6 guard finished with 38 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots as Junction City defeated Strong 63-47, and he recorded 48 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in an 81-60 first-round victory over Springs Hill. He avereaged 37.7 points in the regional tourney, and capped off the week by being selected as one of only 24 senior players nationwide to earn McDonald's All-American recognition.
Next: vs. Bigelow in Class 2A state tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Danville High School.

Nick Sidorakis
> The 6-5 senior guard led the Jenks Trojans in scoring in both games as they opened postseason action with a pair of victories in a Class 6A regional tournament. Sidorakis scored a game-high 20 points as Jenks defeated Enid 67-65 on Saturday night to claim the regional title and now just needs one more postseason win to advance to the state tournament. The Trojans, now 19-4, also won a first-round game of regional play with Sidorakis scoring a team-best 15 points in a 72-32 rout of Moore.
Next: vs. Tulsa Washington (11-8) in Class 6A Area Tournament, Friday, March 2, at Sapulpa High School.

Ibrahima Thomas
Thomas, the fourth Cowboy signee from this past November, plays for Stoneridge Prep School in California which travels across the country playing some of the other best prep schools in the nation, and does not participate in a state activities association for a state title. The 7-foot Thomas has played in 24 games this season and is averaging 2.7 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Keiton Page
Page, a junior who has verbally committed to sign with the Cowboys, averaged 39.5 points in leading Pawnee to a pair of blowout victories in Class 2A regional action this past week. The second-ranked Black Bears improved to 23-2 with a 78-53 victory over Crescent in a regional tournament championship game Saturday night. The 5-10 Page scored a game-high 40 points on 14-of-16 shooting on two-point field goals, 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range, and 3-of-4 on free throws. He also had 9 assists, 6 steals and 3 rebounds. In first-round regional action, he finished with 39 points (on 12-of-16 shooting on two-point field goals, 3-of-11 on three-pointers, and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line), 9 assists and 6 steals.
Next: vs. Preston in Class 2A Area Tournament, Friday, March 2, at Cushing.

Troy Gillenwater
The 6-7, 225-pound Gillenwater, a junior like Page who has committed to sign with OSU during the early signing period in November, also plays for Stoneridge Prep (the same school as Cowboy signee Ibrahima Thomas). Gillenwater is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18 games this season. He is shooting 56.6 percent from the field, including 36.7 percent from three-point range, and 69.2 percent from the foul line. He leads the team with 47 offensive rebounds despite playing in as many as six fewer games than some teammates.

Jai Lucas
Bellaire High School's season came to an end Friday night with a 60-57 loss to Cypress Falls in a Region III-5A area round game. Lucas missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer as Bellaire finishes the season 23-10. Lucas led all scorers with 20 points and also contributed four assists. The weekend wasn't a complete disappointment, though, as the 5-10 point guard was named a McDonald's All-American. He finished the season averaging 25 points, 7.5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

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