OSU Hoops: Homecoming Weekend May Draw Crowd

OSU's men's basketball team may be hosting as many as 13 prospects during Homecoming and Hoops activities the weekend of Oct. 19-21. The OSU football team hosts Kansas State that weekend. Because many of those making the trip to OSU that weekend will be juniors in high school – and thus making the trip as unofficial visitors – the Cowboys will be limited in how they can host the prospects.

Two members of the Class of 2008 – who are eligible to sign a letter of intent during the early signing period beginning Nov. 14 – are expected to be in Stillwater that weekend. Keiton Page, the point guard from Pawnee (Okla.) High School who verbally committed to the Cowboys more than a year ago, is one player who has confirmed that he will be attending.

The other high school prospect for 2008 who is scheduled to be in Stillwater is Verdigris (Okla.) High School standout Rotnei Clarke, the 6-0 guard who averaged a state-best 37.6 points per season as a junior. Clarke is reportedly deciding between OSU, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and Tulsa.

One other player who is considered a member of the Class of 2008 and may receive an invitation to Homecoming and Hoops is 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior college center Dee Proby. Proby averaged 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while playing in 22 games for Angelina College of Lufkin, Texas, a year ago as a freshman. Proby is also being recruited by Nebraska and West Virginia.

High school juniors – members of the Class of 2009 – who are scheduled to be in Stillwater in a couple of weeks on unofficial visits include four of the top 25 players in the nation, according to Scout.com's rankings.

Those players are:

John Wall, a 6-3 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., who is ranked as the 12th best overall prospect and second best point guard;

Daniel Orton, a 6-11, 265-pound center from Oklahoma City (McGuinness) and the younger brother of former Cowboy Terrence Crawford, who is ranked as the 14th best overall prospect and third best center;

Nolan Dennis, a 6-5 guard from Richland, Texas, who is ranked as the 23rd best overall prospect and sixth best shooting guard; and

John Henson, a 6-10 post player from Round Rock, Texas, who is ranked as the 24th best overall prospect and sixth best power forward.

In addition to those players, others who may be making the trip to Stillwater for Homecoming and Hoops include Colin Borchert, a two-star power forward from Glendale, Ariz.; Terrence Boyd, a three-star power forward from Norman, Okla.; Joey Brooks, a three-star guard from Houston, Texas; Roger Franklin, a four-star small forward from Duncanville, Texas; Erik Williams, a three-star small forward from Houston, Texas, and Shawn Williams, who is ranked as the 43rd best overall prospect and sixth best small forward in the nation from Duncanville, Texas.

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