2017 recruiting

Travis Ford
Associated Press

Oklahoma State lands four-star guard Lindy Waters III

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Friday morning Oklahoma State addressed a major need in its 2016 recruiting class, landing a player who just happens to call Norman (home of their biggest rival) home.

6-foot-5 shooting guard Lindy Waters III, announced via Twitter that he’ll be a Cowboy. The four-star prospect, who attends Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, is Oklahoma State’s third verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 joining fellow guard Thomas Dziagwa and wing Cameron McGriff. He’s a native of Norman, Oklahoma, attending Norman North HS his first two years of high school.

“One of the breakout players of the July evaluation period, Waters is a high-level shooter with good size for his position,” NBC Sports recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “Oklahoma State is getting a capable wing shooter who can comfortably space the floor from anywhere within NBA range.”

Waters played for the Oklahoma Wizards Elite program on the adidas Gauntlet circuit, averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas in July. Throughout the Gauntlet series prior to Las Vegas Waters averaged 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

Waters picked the Cowboys over Butler, Houston and Harvard. And with sharpshooter Phil Forte III entering his final season of eligibility, landing a player of Waters’ caliber who can both knock down perimeter shots and score on multiple levels is an important move for Oklahoma State.

Four-star 2017 guard commits to Creighton

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Creighton went out east and landed a top-100 prospect on Saturday as four-star guard Ty-Shon Alexander pledged to the Bluejays, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-3 Alexander had a very good summer playing with Team Charlotte as he showed he was a very good 3-point shooter to go along with a lot of team success.

Alexander represents Creighton’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and a prospect of his caliber is a great start for the class. Regarded as the No. 86 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Alexander is playing his junior season at Oak Hill Academy.


Michigan lands four-star Class of 2017 guard

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Michigan landed its first Class of 2017 commitment on Friday night as Wisconsin native Jordan Poole announced his decision at a press conference at his high school. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Poole is considered the No. 104 overall prospect in the Class of 2017.

A strong shooter who is capable of playing a bit of both guard spots, Poole picked the Wolverines over his other finalists of Illinois and Marquette. Poole should be a nice fit in head coach John Beilein’s offense as he shoots it well in a variety of situations and also plays with a high IQ. Michigan has now locked up a key piece for that class early and can pursue other targets more aggressively.