Seven Recruits Attend Homecoming and Hoops

STILLWATER – Gallagher-Iba Arena was rocking Friday night as seven potential future Cowboys watched from the sidelines during Homecoming and Hoops activities. Three OSU targets for the upcoming Class of 2008 were courtside – Rotnei Clarke, Keiton Page and Dee Proby – as an estimated 11,000 Cowboy fans gave them an indication of why GIA is known as the "rowdiest arena in the nation."

Clarke, the 6-0 guard from Verdigris (Okla.) High School who averaged a state-best 37.6 points per game as a junior, was one of three players making his official visit to OSU. Clarke was originally recruited by the likes of Kansas, Kentucky and Gonzaga, but has reportedly narrowed his choices to OSU, Arkansas and Oral Roberts. He has previously made official visits to Arkansas and Oral Roberts, and reportedly will be deciding where to sign before the early signing period begins Nov. 14.

Other members of the Class of 2008 attending Friday night's activities, and staying throughout Homecoming weekend, were Keiton Page, the point guard from Pawnee (Okla.) High School who verbally committed to the Cowboys more than a year ago, and junior college player Dee Proby.

Proby, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior college center, 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.

Three other high school juniors – including one of the top-ranked players in the Class of 2009, according to's rankings – made the trip to Stillwater.

Those players are:
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;

Joey Brooks, a 6-5 shooting guard from Strake Jesuit in Houston;

Roger Franklin, a 6-5 small forward from Duncanville, Texas.

Another player making the trip from Texas north of the Red River to Stillwater was high school freshman Lebryan Nash, who is following in the footsteps of current Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton as the point guard at Lincoln High School in Dallas. Nash is ranked as one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2011.

The recruits and the crowd of nearly 11,000 – many of whom were members of OSU sorority and fraternity houses – were able to watch a dance contest (won by the Cowboy basketball team), a three-point shooting contest (won by Cowboy Brad Garrett and Cowgirl Andrea Riley), a Napolean Dynamite look alike, and the introduction of Cowboy head football coach Mike Gundy and 14 seniors from the football team.

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