Lots going on with OSU basketball right now: recruiting season wrapping up, the search for an assistant coach heats up, and some Nash news.
We'll start off with the search for a new assistant coach. John Hesley has reported that James Dickey has emerged as the favorite for the open assistant coach position.
Dickey, as I'm sure many of you know, was an assistant at Oklahoma State from 2002-2008 under Coach Eddie Sutton before leaving to take the head coaching job at the University of Houston. However, he resigned from Houston this past March citing personal reasons. Dickey didn't have much success at Houston; his best season was 2012-2013 when Houston finished 20-13. That being said, he had some pretty good success at Texas Tech in the 1990s until the program received sanctions for violations dating back to 1990 that basically killed the program (Dickey was never implicated). He also seems to be well regarded by Poke fans for his time under Coach Sutton. Dickey, if hired, would replace Steve Middleton, who was not retained.
There's something for everyone if he were hired. He has ties to OSU, head coaching success, and he comes from the Eddie Sutton coaching tree.
So would you be happy with Dickey as the new assistant coach?
The Pokes recently released Jared Terrell from his LOI. Terrell, a consensus four star guard, was released from his LOI due to family problems. His grandmother recently died, and his mother seemed to want him close to home. I wish him all the luck, and I hope his family problems are nothing serious.
Luckily, the Pokes have several intriguing options to round out the 2014 class.
Elijah Stewart, SG, Los Angeles
Stewart was committed to Loyola Marymount, but was granted a release after Coach Max Good was fired. He's considered a top 100 recruit, with ESPN ranking him 94th and Scout ranking him 64th. Stewart offers good size and length at the SG position and is known for the way he attacks the basket. He's very athletic (shocker), and is known as a good defender. The knocks on him are that he's not currently strong enough (reported weight of 165), and his jump-shot can be inconsistent.
Here's some video of Stewart facing off against Stanley Johnson.
Jerry Meyer of 247Sports and Joel Francisco of ESPN both have predicted Stewart to choose OSU after a strong in home visit.
Byron Wesley, Guard, USC
Wesley, who averaged 17.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for USC last year, would have an immediate impact for OSU. He plans on finishing his degree this summer so he would be able to transfer and play right away.
Wesley is a very strong guard who really knows how to score and finish at the rim, as evidenced by his 17.8 PPG in the Pac-12. Wesley is also able to use his strength to rebound and battle on the glass. He has some 3PT range as well, shooting 39.7% his sophomore year and 33.8% his junior year. Not many players could come in and provide an instant impact like Wesley could, and he's one of the best names available in the transfer market.
Wesley is down to three schools: OSU, Gonzaga, and Pittsburgh, and he'll take visits in that order.
USC transfer Byron Wesley tells @CBSSports he will visit Oklahoma St this wknd, Gonzaga next wknd (5/9), + Pitt the following wknd (5/16).— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 29, 2014
If you haven't seen him play, here's some highlights of Wesley.
Ja'Mill Powell, Guard, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Powell, a 6-6 wing player, is the last player that I've seen OSU interested in for this class.
He'd have two years of eligibility left as a sophomore JUCO transfer, and he fits the type of player that OSU seems intent on recruiting. I honestly don't know very much about Powell besides the fact that we're interested. I'd have to think he's the backup plan to Stewart and Wesley.
Here's a highlight video of Powell's 2013-2014 season.
And lastly there's this:
Odds that Nash mean-mugged the cops...very high.