Oklahoma State Basketball: 2016 Recruiting Update


Travis Ford got the ball rolling on the 2016 Cowboy basketball recruiting class over the weekend, with two very different players that will hopefully go a long way in addressing some key needs.

Hey, it’s football season, in case you weren’t aware. Because of such obvious distractions, you might have missed some Oklahoma State basketball news this week, mainly that Travis Ford managed to add his first two commits to the 2016 class.

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After what had been a quiet 2015 on the recruiting front, Ford and company managed to snag two solid players, including one that was considering becoming a Sooner, among other things.

Both of the announcements came within 24 hours, and both alleviate some pending position needs.

Here’s a quick look at the two commits.

Thomas Dziagwa

Dziagwa attended the UTSA game over the weekend, and also spent some time studying the Cowboy basketball team. He committed the following day, choosing OSU after drawing interest from teams like South Florida and Air Force.


A self-described combo guard and three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Dziagwa averaged 26.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a junior point guard at Tampa Catholic High School, where he also shot 38 percent from 3-point range, making 119-of-316 attempts. The Cowboys can always use some shooting, especially with the looming departure of Forte. Fortunately for Travis Ford, Dziagwa has earned a reputation as the best pure shooter in Florida.

Cameron McGriff

A 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, McGriff is the more heralded of the two commits, and is currently a senior at South Grand Prairie High in the Dallas area. He made an official visit to Stillwater the weekend prior, and then went with the Cowboys after pondering his decision for a week. McGriff actually visited Arkansas two weeks ago and was considered a lock by most to join the Razorbacks. He also held offers from Oklahoma, SMU, Miami (Fl.), and Houston.

McGriff is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, and also a member of the site’s Top 150 prospects overall. He played with Urban DFW in the Adidas Gauntlet this past spring and summer, averaging 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Although he currently spends most of his time at power forward, McGriff anticipates that he’ll make the move to small forward in college, as he’s been actively working on ball handling and perimeter shooting over the summer.

McGriff is also known as a very tough and physical defender, a fact not not lost on Scout.com’s Evan Daniels:

So far, so good for Ford and staff. Time will tell if any of this results in an actual NCAA tournament win.

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