After securing a commitment from top-150 point guard Isaac Likekele in mid-May, Oklahoma State appeared to be content with its roster rolling into the 2018 season. A surprise offer late on Friday debunked that notion.
2018 top-100 point guard prospect Jordan Lathon confirmed to Pistols Firing this weekend that, after Northwestern reportedly revoked his admission to the school he’d been committed to since last June, OSU extended him a scholarship — one of several schools that have jumped in the mix for him including Oregon State, Louisville and Ole Miss.
“OSU offers a great opportunity,” Lathon told PFB. “I’m interested in learning more about [Oklahoma State].”
It’s unclear why Northwestern revoked Lathon’s admission. The university supplied the following statement as confirmation: “Northwestern University has revoked its offers of admission and an athletic scholarship for Jordan Lathon, a recruit for the Northwestern men’s basketball team. Out of respect for the privacy of the student, the University will have no further public comment.”
Should Lathon pick the Pokes, he’d become the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class that will be on campus in time for the upcoming season. However, Lathon’s commitment would take up OSU’s final unused scholarship for 2018 — which means that OSU has some #math to work out to make things work moving forward.
A commitment from Lathon would mean, as Nathan Ruiz of The Oklahoman noted, that OSU would need a non-senior to leave before the 2019 season in order to make room for the Boone twins on the roster. It would also preclude OSU from a number of targets it is involved with.
Plus, #okstate only has one scholarship that's guaranteed to come open for 2019. Another freshman commit this year would mean some non-senior would have to leave next year for OSU to add both of the Boone twins. https://t.co/VDttjuMBN6
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) May 26, 2018
Lathon, a Grandview, Missouri native, is listed as a 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard. He originally signed an NLI with Northwestern back in November, choosing the Wildcats over Iowa State, Illinois, Butler and others.