Since 247Sports’ director of basketball scouting Jerry Meyer placed his prediction for four-star prospect Christian Brown to land at Oklahoma State, two additional expert predictions have been submitted in favor of the Cowboys. Kentucky’s 247Sports recruiting insider Chris Fisher and Duke’s 247Sports contributor Chad Lykins both have Brown landing in Stillwater.
The crystal ball indicator now has the Pokes in a tie for the lead with NC State as the favorite to land the Virginia native.
I wanted to take a look at what this would mean for OSU if Brown were to commit to play for the Cowboys.
What It Means for the 2019 Recruiting Class
According to 247Sports’ Class Calculator, if Brown decides to play for Mike Boynton at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys would have the 13th-ranked class in the country and second-ranked class in the Big 12. This would be the highest ranked class nationally that OSU has had since the 2005 class which was ranked number one overall.
After a regular season where Oklahoma State finished 9th in the Big 12, rounding out an already stellar 2019 recruiting cycle with Brown would be huge for coach Boynton and the program.
How He’d Fit in Stillwater
The main thing that stuck out to me when watching Brown is the overall energy he brings to the floor. In addition, the Oak Hill product is a great rebounder and on the offensive end this allows him to get a lot of second chance buckets.
Brown needs to continue to improve his ball handling, but he’s a very skilled all-around offensive player who can score on the fastbreak, hit mid-range jumpers and knock shots down from behind the arc. He shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line during the 2018 Adidas Gauntlet season and has a smooth shooting stroke and solid mechanics. I believe he has the skill set to become an elite shooter at the college level.
On the defensive end of the floor, Brown is all over the court. He defends well in the pick and roll, closes out on 3s and uses his 6-foot-9.5 wing span and quick hands to force turnovers which lead to points on the other end.
For the Cowboys next season, I could see Brown assisting Cam McGriff in bringing energy and intensity to the game both on offense and defense. He’s already an excellent 3-and-D piece who has the versatility to defend guards and forwards and be your stretch four at times on offense. The Pokes don’t currently have anyone with his size and skill set on the roster and he would be a huge addition to this OSU squad in 2019.
My NBA player comparison for Brown is former Baylor Bear and current Atlanta Hawk Taurean Prince. Both were around the same size coming out of high school, Brown listed at 6-6, 205 and Prince listed at 6-7, 210 coming out of San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, both players have great length, high motors, can knock down shots from the outside and play solid defense. Brown and Prince also both aren’t elite ball handlers, but use their other talents to get buckets on offense. Both guys have great athleticism and crash the boards with intensity.
Chances He Commits to OSU
As I mentioned above, there are several recent expert predictions picking Brown to land at Oklahoma State. In addition, his mom spoke very highly of the visit to Stillwater and loved the energy she felt during the Kansas game. Brown still has one official visit left to take, as he’s already visited Clemson, Georgia, OSU and UNLV, and it will be interesting to see where he decides to schedule his final trip.
Things are looking positive in for OSU. However, 247Sports director of basketball recruiting Evan Daniels placed a prediction yesterday for the young wing to end up with Tom Crean at Georgia. This isn’t great news for Cowboy fans, but I personally think Brown ends up in Stillwater no matter where he takes his final visit.