Future Cowboy Wins MVP Award

Oklahoma State commitment Roger Franklin was named the most valuable player in the North-South game at the Academic All-American Classic played this past weekend in Ontario, Calif., and also was recognized as the Academic All-American Player of the Year.

The Academic All-American Classic featured the finest high school basketball players in the nation who have excelled in the classroom and have contributed to their communities. To be selected each player has to maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

The 6-foot-5 Franklin, from Duncanville, Texas, scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had six assists in leading the North team to a 67-47 victory over the South on Saturday night. His North team included Washington signee C.J. Wilcox, Michigan State signee Garrick Sherman and Michigan signee Matt Vogrich.

The South squad included several future Big 12 players including Nick Russell (Kansas State), Michael Dixon (Missouri), Kyle Hardrick (Oklahoma), Nolan Dennis (Baylor) and Cory Jefferson (Baylor).

"It was some of the best competition in the country," said Franklin, who met and visited with Denzel Washington (whose son Malcolm Washington played in the East-West game), toured Universal Studio and walked on Hollywood Boulevard during the trip.

But the highlight came during Saturday night's game. "I would have to say that would be my first bucket when I dunked on Baylor commit Cory Jefferson. It was a fast break and he was trailing me, and I kind of waited for him. I jumped before he did, he jumped a little late, and it was a poster (photo). That was the highlight for me," Franklin said.

Franklin's graduation from Duncanville High School is June 5, and he plans to be in Stillwater to enroll for summer classes at Oklahoma State on June 7 or 8.

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