Hoops Recruiting: Brown Signs With OSU

One of the top priorities for the Oklahoma State basketball program this spring was finding a junior college post player who could step in and play immediately this fall. The Cowboys got their man in Anthony Brown, a 6-8, 220-pound standout from Carl Albert Junior College in Poteau, Okla. We caught up with Carl Albert head coach Mike St. John on Tuesday morning and he filled us in on the details.

"He signed the papers last night and I faxed them to his mother's office this morning," said St. John. "All she has to do is sign them and fax them to Oklahoma State. It's just a technicality and formality (for his mother to sign the papers), but it's a done deal."

Brown earned all-region honors this past season for the Vikings. He averaged 21.4 points (12th best among all players in the National Junior College Athletic Association) and nearly seven rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

He was one of two junior college standouts making an official visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend. Guard Brad Garrett of the College of Southern Idaho also made the trip to Stillwater.

"He really enjoyed it. To quote him, he said, ‘It felt like home,' " said St. John, who returned from a recruiting trip Monday night and sat down with Brown to discuss his decision. "I think he's very happy with his decision."

Brown picked Oklahoma State over Nevada, Kansas State and Syracuse. He had originally hoped to make an official visit to Nevada earlier this month but that trip got canceled. The departure of Bob Huggins from Kansas State all but eliminated the Wildcats. Syracuse made an attempt in recent weeks to get in on the Brooklyn, N.Y., native but the Orange were a little too late.

Brown will get a chance to step on the court almost from the day he sets foot on campus in Stillwater because of the departure of senior post players Mario Boggan and David Monds. St. John believes he can be the type of player who can make an immediate impact.

"Offensively, he's very, very skilled. He's got a nice body, and he's strong and athletic," St. John said. "I just hope he has the work ethic that it takes to play on that level. He just needs to step up and get involved, and not disappear at times. That's the one concern that I would have."

Brown becomes the second player to sign with the Cowboys during the spring signing period. Marshall Moses, a 6-7, 235-pound high school senior at The Patterson School in North Carolina, signed with OSU last Wednesday.

Brown and Moses join four other high school players who signed in the fall – 6-6 James Anderson of Junction City, Ark., 6-5 Nick Sidorakis of Jenks, Okla., 6-8 Martavious Adams of Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., and 6-11 Ibrahima Thomas of Stoneridge Prep School in Simi Valley, Calif.

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