Oklahoma State's basketball recruiting class is headlined by three solid high school players who could all make an immediate impact.
At 6-feet-7-inches, 205 pounds, Cameron McGriff is an ideal small forward who can finish with either hand and has a quick first step on the perimeter. The SF position is currently occupied by Jeffrey Carroll, but Carroll is more suited as a shooting guard and could possibly be a tremendous compliment to Phil Forte next year.
Carroll has been playing the small forward position out of necessity, and should flourish more next year with a year of experience under his belt and perhaps sliding up to the shooting guard position. That hypothetical makes it McGriff's spot to lose. This is assuming Leyton Hammonds, who is only 6-7 himself, continues to play at the power forward position. McGriff has the physical characteristics of LeBryan Nash, but is more of a slasher and a shooter than Nash who relied on post ups and mid range jumpers. McGriff loves to get to the rim and does a good job of finishing. One thing McGriff can do to further himself from the rest of the pack is his rebounding ability.
McGriff is very active on both sides of the glass, which is something we haven't seen from the Cowboys much this year. The starting position won't be handed to McGriff on a golden pattern. Davon Dillard, who we haven't seen much of this year, will be waiting for his chance to show what made him a McDonald's All-American nominee coming out of high school. McGriff is finishing his senior year of high school at South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. According to ESPN, he's a four star recruit, while 247sports regards McGriff as a three star prospect.
The Cowboys will have slim picking for the five spot. Anthony Allen Jr. and Chris Olivier depart after 2016, leaving the spot up to Mitchell Solomon. Of course, Gorjok Gak may have something to say about that. The 6-11 big man out of Bradenton, Florida, could be the answer to OSU fans prayers. Gak is a natural center who runs the floor exceptionally well from someone his size. A consensus three star product, Gak turned down offers from Connecticut and West Virginia to wear orange and black. Gak has the potential to be the X-factor next season when the Pokes will be loaded in the backcourt, but sparse on the frontcourt. Hammonds has done an admirable job defending other teams centers and helping the Cowboys on the rebounding side, but that shouldn't be his job. With Gak starting, Solomon and Igor Ibaka can come off the bench; something we can all agree is for the best of the team. Just picture all the Evans to Gak dunks we can expect in the future.
The last high profile recruit the Cowboys have nabbed for 2016 comes out of enemy territory in Norman. At 6-feet-6-inches, Lindy Waters III provides the Cowboys with great size and length for someone at the two spot. Waters probably isn't ready to step in and make a huge contribution his freshman year, but working behind Forte and Carroll will help him grow as an overall player, whether or not he redshirts. Waters is a smart kid with a high basketball IQ. Waters had Harvard in his final four, before ultimately inking with the Cowboys. Waters will need to stay out of trouble at Oklahoma State, as the Norman North guard was expelled earlier in the season, but is now back at the school. Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has the full story, but the incident shouldn't cause Cowboys fans to fret too much. Waters is regarded as a three star prospect by ESPN, but 247sports gave him four stars.