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PFB+ Q&A: Robert Jennings II Discusses Oklahoma State Commitment

‘Whatever it takes to win, I’m willing to do that.’



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Steve Lutz made his second portal pickup on Thursday night when Robert Jennings II pledged to the Pokes.

A Texas Tech transfer, Jennings has two seasons of eligibility remaining after spending two seasons with the Red Raiders. In his sophomore year, Jennings averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.3 minutes a game. Jennings spoke with PFB over the phone on Friday to discuss his commitment.

PFB: Why Oklahoma State?

Jennings: “Oklahoma State, I just felt like it was a great fit from Day 1. I talked to Coach Lutz, and I loved him as a person. He’s a great person. And then, you know, just watching the film, I felt like it was the best situation for me. And also coming to a program that has a great caliber of players that have come through. Just being in Stillwater is going to be eventful. Oklahoma State has a ring about itself.

“Me and Coach Lutz have a great connection, and I felt like it was the best spot. And also Coach (Robert) Guster recruited me out of high school, so I had that relationship since I was like a junior in high school. So, once Coach Guster called and I got on the phone with him, then I talked to Coach Lutz, it was like an instant connection. It felt like it was the right situation for me to go to.”

PFB: So was Coach Guster recruiting you at Texas State? What is your relationship like with him?

Jennings: “Texas State, yeah. When he was at Texas State he would call and always talk about how bad he wanted to coach me. I ended up going to Tech, and it’s just crazy how things come full circle and now he’s at Oklahoma State. The situation is good for him, the situation is good for me and now we all get the opportunity.”

PFB: When was your visit because it sort of flew under the radar?

Jennings: “My visit was Wednesday and Thursday. I just got back yesterday.”

PFB: What were your takeaways from the visit?

Jennings: “I love the community. Early on, you hear about Stillwater, you come for games, but you don’t really get to interact with the people. Just going around campus, just seeing how everybody interacts, everybody’s nice. The energy on campus is amazing. Everybody that I ran into, they were making me feel like I was at home — from the coaching staff to the trainers to the people that were trying to help us figure out where to park — like everybody was super nice and made me feel like I was at home.

“It’s four hours away from the house. It’s a smaller city than Dallas, but it still gives me the home feeling. That’s what really stuck out to me at the visit. Because at the end of the day, being away from home, you want to be somewhere where you can feel like you’re at home and you’re loved. I feel like I really got that from Stillwater.”

The rest of this interview can be seen on our forum with a PFB+ subscription here.

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