Hoops Recruiting: Will Juco Star Join OSU?

The Oklahoma State basketball staff considers recruiting to be a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year opportunity. The signing of Jarred Shaw on Wednesday gives OSU a full allotment of 13 scholarship players but that doesn't mean Travis Ford is finished with the 2009 class. Don't be surprised to see OSU add another player between now and the end of the signing period May 20.

One player who would like to sign with Oklahoma State, and could have an immediate impact on the 2009-10 team, is junior college guard Kahlil McDonald, a third team NJCAA All-American this past season at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound McDonald set the Blinn season scoring record as a freshman last season, averaging 21.4 points per game during the regular season. He helped the Buccaneers to a 23-9 record while earning first team All-Region XIV honors in his first season at Blinn.

"It was pretty good season," McDonald said earlier this week. "We broke a lot of records. We had the most wins in school history, we made the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, we swept San Jac (Jacinto) for the first time in a long time... I broke the record for most points in a season."

McDonald, who made 53.1 percent of his three-point shots (94 of 177 ) this past season, says he expected more of himself despite all of the postseason accolades.

"(I didn't play) to my standards because I thought I could have played better," he said, "but a lot of other people thought I had a great year because I was first team All-Region and all-conference and third team All-American. I just hold myself to higher standards, so I thought I could have played better."

Oklahoma State began recruiting the Brooklyn, N.Y., native late in the season, and McDonald said he plans to sign with the Cowboys before the signing period ends May 20. But he must first win an appeal with the NCAA regarding his eligibility.

McDonald says he played one year at a prep school in Pennsylvania before sitting out a year ago to attend a New Jersey junior college where he did not play basketball but worked to improve his grades. He then transferred to Blinn College where he was an immediate standout.

He must appeal to the NCAA because its rules state that a junior college player is not eligible unless he has completed three semesters of full-time classes (12 hours or more). McDonald, however, was only enrolled in 11 hours during his one semester at the New Jersey junior college.

McDonald was being recruited by numerous schools until they realized he may not be immediately eligible. Oklahoma State, Iowa State, South Florida and Marquette decided to continue in the pursuit of the All-American sharpshooter. Although he has yet to visit Oklahoma State, he says he will sign with the Cowboys if the NCAA rules that he is eligible, and does not have to return to junior college for another semester. He says that ruling may take a couple of weeks.

"I'm waiting to see what's going to happen with the appeal. I'm just saying my prayers," said McDonald, who says he has a 2.7 grade-point average at Blinn. "If they rule for me, then I'm going to sign with Oklahoma State and be there this summer. Right now, I'm verbally committed to Oklahoma State.

"If they say I'll have to take another semester of junior college, I guess I'll have to come back (to Blinn) and then come to Oklahoma State in January. I'm not thinking about the negatives. I don't know what I'd do."

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