With two scholarships left to fill for the 2019 class, Mike Boynton has been working overtime. His primary focus looks to be on three players in-particular; 2020 power forward Isaiah Todd — who many believe could reclassify to 2019 —, 3-star power forward Julius Marble who has committed to Michigan State, and 4-star forward Christian Brown.
Boynton has really put the full-court press on Brown. The Virginia prospect made an official visit to Stillwater last weekend. Then, just a few hours after OSU upset Baylor on the road, Boynton was in the air, according to 247Sports’ Chris Evans, to visit with Brown on Thursday.
Just a few days later, it seems Boynton’s hard work may be paying off.
As of Saturday morning, Oklahoma State is now tied with North Carolina State in the odds to land Brown. Both have five 247Sports crystal balls in their favor, but OSU’s have been the more recent, and now include Jerry Meyer, a recruiting expert with 24/7 Sports.
It’s fair to note that Georgia also picked up a vote on Saturday, from Evan Daniels, 247’s Director of Basketball Recruiting. Georgia got an OV from Brown back in October.
There’s not hyperbole in saying that adding Brown to OSU’s already impressive 2019 class would be huge. The 4-star prospect is ranked as the 15th-best small forward prospect in the class and the 61st-ranked prospect overall. He would be the highest rated prospect in OSU’s 2019 class and bump it from No. 21 in the country all the way up to No. 13.
Here’s what Meyer has to say about Brown.
“Average size as a wing. Quite athletic in space, but needs more strength to be explosive in traffic. Primarily a finisher who likes to get to the rim or shoot from midrange. Respectable shooter from beyond the arc. Average ball handler who isn’t known as a playmaking distributor. Solid rebounder. Has potential to be a high-level defender. On-the-bubble NBA prospect who must improve as a long-range shooter to make it at that level.”
Boynton has done a great job of putting the full-court press on Brown as of late. Considering the edge NC State and Georgia were believed to have, it’s really been impressive.
Heck, even Brown’s mother says the two “loved” their visit to Stillwater.
Defense game ! @cb_kid pic.twitter.com/mTciz0yRff— Melody (@melodydavis803) March 3, 2019
“Loved the energy from the coaches, players and fans,” Ms. Davis told SportsTalk Radio Network. “Even though they lost to Kansas, we were impressed on how they were in the game until the very end considering they only have seven scholarship players playing. There is a lot to look forward to with this upcoming 2019 recruiting class Coach (Michael) Boynton is bringing in.”
Georgia, Clemson, UNLV, and South Carolina are all still making strong pushes for Brown, and there’s no inclination he’s planning on making a commitment anytime soon. That said, when Boynton makes this strong of a push for a player, it’s generally worked out pretty well.