Hoops Recruiting: Trio Visiting This Weekend

The Oklahoma State basketball program is expecting three visitors to make the trip to Stillwater this weekend. The trio are expected to be in town for Friday night's 2009 men's basketball banquet and the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State football team's season opener Saturday against No. 13 Georgia. To find out who will be visiting, read the rest of the story.

Michael Cobbins, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Amarillo (Palo Duro High), Texas, is the 56th-best prospect in the nation, according to Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep.

Cobbins, ranked the 14th-best power forward in the Class of 2010, will be making an official visit to OSU this weekend.

As a junior at Palo Duro High in Amarillo, he averaged 18.3 points and 10. 5 rebounds in helping the Dons to the Region 1-4A finals.

But Cobbins suffered a knee injury at the Reebok All American Camp in July, and had surgery that caused such programs as Kansas and Florida to back away from the talented prospect.

Cobbins still has plenty of interest. He's visiting OSU this weekend and has trips set to Missouri (Sept. 19), Memphis (Oct. 3), Oklahoma (Oct. 10), and Georgia Tech (Oct. 17).

Also scheduled to visit this weekend is 6-7, 215-pound forward J.P. Olukemi, who averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman last season at Vincennes junior college.

He reportedly is considering Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Providence, DePaul and Washington State.

Olukemi, a former teammate of Troy Gillenwater at Stoneridge Prep in California, will reportedly not play at Vincennes this fall but will attend classes and graduate in December. He will then enroll for the spring semester at the school he signs with, use his redshirt season, and then have three years to complete his eligibility.

Olukemi played in 24 games last season at Vincennes where he shot 51.6 percent from the field, 30.6 percent on three-pointers, and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

One of the nation's top high school sophomores is expected to make an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this weekend. Perry Ellis, a 6-8, 210-pound forward from Wichita (Heights), Kan., is rated as the top power forward in the Class of 2012.

As a freshman in high school, Ellis was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas last season as a freshman after averaging 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game and shot 61. 4 percent from the field in leading Wichita Heights to a 24-1 record. He scored nine points and grabbed 20 rebounds to earn MVP honors in the state championship game leading Wichita Heights to the Class 6A title.

Oh, he also has a 4.0 grade-point average.

Ellis is reportedly considering Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Indiana.

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