Basketball Recruiting Q&A

Sean Sutton has some big expectations for OSU as the 2007-08 season winds down. But the future looks bright for the Cowboys, and the addition of one or two players could pave the way for next season to be something really special. Who are some the players the Cowboys are targeting? Are they in on any big men? offers some answers as the spring signing period nears (April 16-May 21).

Question: How many scholarships do the Cowboys have to offer this spring?
Answer: Two seniors – Marcus Dove and Tyler Hatch – use up their eligibility, but only Dove is on scholarship. With the signing of two players in the fall – Pawnee (Okla.) High School guard Keiton Page and Angelina College forward Dee Proby – that leaves the Cowboys just one scholarship this spring. However, most every college program has some attrition following the season, whether it be because someone is disappointed with their lack of playing time, homesickness or another reason, and that may be the case with Oklahoma State. The Cowboys may gain one or two additional scholarships.

Question: How did the two early signees do this season?
Answer: Page, the 5-foot-10 guard, leads the state of Oklahoma in scoring with a 44.2 per game average entering this week's Class 2A state tournament in Oklahoma City. He has scored 1,149 points in leading the Black Bears to a 24-2 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 2A entering Thursday first-round state tournament game against Chisholm (17-9). He needs just 132 points (or 44 per game, if they reach the state title game) to break the Oklahoma all-time single season record of 1,280 points set by Kenneth Johnson of Grandfield in 1979. Proby, a 6-9 sophomore at the Lufkin, Texas, junior college, is averaging around 11 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Roadrunners (13-17). Angelina begins postseason playing in the Region XIV tournament this weekend.

Question: Who are the Cowboys' top targets?
Answer: OSU is interested in a number of prospects but the two top targets appears to be a pair of junior college standouts – 6-7 forward Juan Pattillo and 6-6 point guard Kevin Galloway, both currently playing for the College of Southern Idaho which is ranked third in the nation with a 29-1 record. Pattillo averages a team-best 17.3 points and 7.0 rebounds, while Galloway averages 8.8 points and 8.5 assists per game.

Pattillo, originally from Las Vegas, is being recruited by Oklahoma State, Nevada-Las Vegas, Oklahoma, and Arizona called last week to ask about him. Galloway, who played a year at USC before transferring to CSI, is being recruited by Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Memphis and OU.

The CSI coaching staff does not allow its players to visit schools until the season is complete, and that probably won't be until after the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament March 18-22 in Hutchinson, Kan., but that would give both time to make three or four official visits before the signing period begins.

Expect Oklahoma State to get a visit from both Pattillo and Galloway. Current Cowboy Brad Garrett played at CSI last season, and despite playing in just two games this season before shoulder surgery sidelined him, Garrett has told the CSI staff that he and his wife love Oklahoma State and living in Stillwater. Who knows if Garrett's experience at OSU will influence Pattillo or Galloway, but it sure can't hurt.

Question: The Cowboys need some big men to provide depth behind Ibrahima Thomas, Martavius Adams and Anthony Brown. Is there any chance they'll sign any other post players besides Proby?
Answer: Oklahoma State would love to get in on 6-foot-9 Ater Majok, originally from the Sudan but who moved to Australia. He is now at a prep school in Virginia.

He committed to Baylor after visiting the Waco, Texas campus last year but de-committed and then visited Maryland. Majok recently said that he plans to make official visits to Connecticut and probably West Virginia, and that leaves one other official visit. Cowboy assistant coach Chris Ferguson is attempting to convince Majok to make his final official to Oklahoma State. But so are Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana and Villanova. Even if he decides to take his fifth and final official visit to one of those other schools, he could still make an unofficial visit to OSU. It's probably a long shot for the Cowboys to get Majok ... but if Ferguson can get him on campus, there's no telling what may happen.

Question: Is the OSU coaching staff recruiting anyone else?
Answer: Yes, Chris Ferguson made a trip to Texas last week to watch 6-6 freshman Jimmy Butler of Tyler Junior College. The Tomball High School product leads the nation's 10th-ranked Apaches (25-3) with an 18.6 points per game, although he was held out of Tyler's regular season finale Tuesday night against San Jacinto College-Central because he has been battling the flu. Butler is shooting 56 percent from the field, 69 percent from the free-throw line, and averages about 7 rebounds a game. What makes Butler so attractive to Division I programs – at least half of the Big 12 is recruiting him – is that he was a qualifier out of high school. Thus, he can sign with a school in April and still have three years of eligibility.

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