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Basketball recruiting update: Myles Turner is coming

Pack the house for Baylor, a top 10 recruit will be there.

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One of the cool things that came out of the surveys a few weeks back was that several of you said you would like to be contributors to the blog and would love to help fill in some of the gaps I miss or don’t have time to get. 

One of those is (obviously) recruiting. I know there’s a market for it and that a lot of you like reading it. But I don’t have time and don’t really want to devote my time to it. 

Enter: Kenzie Kepple. Kenzie is a student at OSU and he pitched me on doing a recruiting roundup type post once a week. I asked him to do a trial this week with some football and basketball stuff and I think he nailed it. 

Here’s his post on where we’re at with hoops recruiting and who OSU is pursuing…

It’s a grueling time of the year for the staffs of Mike Gundy and Travis Ford on the recruiting trail. Travis Ford and Co. are trying to juggle the punishing conference season and the recruitment of a couple 5-star 2014 prospects, while handing out some scholarship offers for the 2015 class as well.

2014 class rankings

ESPN: 27
Rivals: 21
Scout: 19
247: 17

Travis Ford and his staff currently have four commitments in the 2014 class and are targeting two blue chips to finish the class. One of whom will be visiting Stillwater this weekend to witness the Cowboys take the floor against Baylor.

Myles Turner — 5-Star 6’11 225 pound Center from Euless, Texas (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247)

Myles is indeed the big visitor this week. Myles could be the most crucial program-changing recruit Oklahoma State has brought in since, well, Marcus Smart. The competition for his pledge includes Kansas, Texas, SMU, Kentucky, Ohio State, and Duke.

ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi’s on the Cowboys chances to land Turner. (ESPN)

He was named to the McDonald’s All-American team Wednesday. (SportingNews)

Really great stuff in this video on his character and ambition. Forgive me for the comparison, but him wanting to stay at Trinity to “finish what he started” instead of going on to a more successful prep school is very Smart-esque.

Here’s to a packed and rowdy Gallagher-Iba Arena to welcome Turner on Saturday.

JaQuan Lyle — 5-Star 6’5 215 pound PG from Huntington, West Virginia (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247)

The Pokes have come on late in the recruitment of Lyle, but it sounds like Coach Ford has made a good impression so far. Here’s a quote from Lyle about OSU and Coach Ford: “There’s an opportunity to come in and play right away,” Lyle said. “Coach [Travis] Ford told me he liked big guards, like Marcus Smart. He needs someone to come in and play the point guard right away. It’s a good opportunity for me.” (CBS Sports)

Lyle visits Oregon this weekend.

Oklahoma State also gave out a couple offers for the 2015 class this week…

Admon Gilder — 4-star 6’2 180 pound SG from Dallas, Texas (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247)

Gilder also visited Stillwater last weekend

Jawun Evans — 4-star 6 ft. 165 pound PG from Dallas, Texas (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247)

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