Originally Published: Nov 12, 2009 10:29 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- The Oklahoma State Cowboys signed four players to National Letters of Intent during the signing period, OSU said in a press release Thursday. All four players will be able to play during the 2010-11 season.
Markel Brown is a 6-foot-3 185-pound guard out of Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, La. Brown averaged 28.5 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in his junior season.
The four-star recruit was a first-team Class 4A All-State selection, the Most Valuable Player for District 3-4A and 2009 All-Cenla MVP, the top player in central Louisiana voted by local sports writers.
“The first five minutes I watched [Markel] play I said, ‘That’s our guy’,” said Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. “He can play the point, the two and also the three. He’s arguably one of the most athletic guys we’ve recruited.”
The Cowboys brought in another guard, 6-foot-5 190-pound Brian Williams, from Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge, La.
The consensus three-star recruit averaged 25.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.1 blocked shots and 3.5 assists per game his junior year. Williams was named Class 4A’s Outstanding Player by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and District 6-4A Most Valuable Player.
“He’s 6-4 to 6-5 and much more athletic,” said Ford. “He can jump over the rim. He averaged 30 points a game last year in high school. He can step in and shoot it. He’s very athletic and has a great in-between game.”
The Cowboys also bolstered their front court by bringing in top-50 recruit forward Michael Cobbins. The 6-foot-8 215-pound forward averaged 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during his junior campaign, leading his team to the Region I-4A finals.
“He’s a very versatile player. He came to our elite camp and we fell in love with him,” said Ford. “He has a great attitude and is a player who has just gotten better and better. He’s very versatile and very long. We don’t really have anybody like him on our team that’s his size with the skills that he has.”
Rounding out the class is junior college transfer JP Olukemi. The 6-foot-7 215-pound forward played at Vincennes University in Indiana during the 2008-09 season, and is considered the top junior college recruit this season. He averaged 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor.
“We targeted him right away,” said Ford. “He has a big, strong basketball body and is someone who will step in and play right away. He’ll bring size to our team.”
The Cowboys’ recruiting class is a consensus top-20 class, ranked No. 10 in the nation and the top class in the Big 12.
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