Basketball: Visitors for Homecoming & Hoops

Travis Ford's first recruiting class at Oklahoma State has exceeded expectations. Ford and his coaching staff know that they are only as good as the players they bring to Stillwater, and that's what makes this weekend so important. As many as 10 high school prospects are expected to attend Homecoming & Hoops on Friday night and spend the weekend in Stillwater.

All four members of Oklahoma State's 2009 recruiting class will be making the trip to Stillwater on Friday to take in Homecoming & Hoops. Those four are:
** four-star small forward Roger Franklin, from Duncanville, Texas (official)
** three-star point guard Ray Penn, from Richmond (Travis), Texas (official)
** three-star point guard Fred Gulley, from Fayetteville, Ark. (unofficial)
** three-star center Torin Walker, from Columbus (Northside), Ga. (unofficial)

Both Franklin, rated the 43rd-best overall prospect in the nation by Scout national recruiting director Dave Telep, and Penn, rated the 11th-best point guard prospect in the country, will be making their official visits this weekend. Franklin has made several unofficial visits to Oklahoma State, including the 2007 Homecoming & Hoops, but this weekend will serve as his official visit. Penn also will be making his official visit after making an unofficial late in the summer. He committed to the Cowboys after that unofficial visit in August.

Both Gulley and Walker already have made official visits so they will be making the trip back to Stillwater on their own dime.

Joining Franklin in making the trip from Duncanville, Texas will be two of his teammates on the No. 1-ranked high school team in the nation. Senior point guard Reger Dowell (6-1, 170) and junior Jamison Sterns (5-11, 175) will join Franklin this weekend. Dowell, who will be making an official visit to OSU, is being recruited by the Cowboys, Providence and Arizona State. Sterns, a Baylor commitment, will be an unofficial visitor.

The Cowboys also will be hosting three of the top players in the Class of 2011 (sophomores this year). Expected to make the trip to Stillwater on unofficial visits are 4-star small forward LeBryan Nash (6-6, 210) of Dallas (Lincoln); 3-star small forward Keaton Miles (6-6, 210) of Dallas (Skyline), and 2-star post Tim Dixon (6-9, 200) of Columbus (Kendrick), Ga.

Nash is expected to be one of the top sophomores in the nation this season after averaging 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists a year ago as a freshman at Lincoln, the same high school that Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton and Cowgirl All-American Andrea Riley played at in Dallas.

Miles is the nephew of former Cowboy player Kevin Miles, who was a member of OSU's 1995 Final Four team. Dixon is from Columbus, Ga., the same hometown as current Cowboy commit Torin Walker.

Homecoming & Hoops begins at 9 p.m. Friday inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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