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.
Oklahoma State landed its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Sunday afternoon, as three-star guard Thomas Dziagwa announced via Twitter that he will be a Cowboy. Dziagwa, a senior at Tampa Catholic (Florida), is regarded as one of the top perimeter shooters in the state.
The 6-foot-4 Dziagwa averaged nearly 27 points per game as a junior, and he played for the Florida Sons on the adidas Gauntlet circuit this summer. Oklahoma State will lose two senior guards at the end of the 2015-16 season in Jeff Newberry and Phil Forte III, with the latter being the Cowboys’ best perimeter shooter.
While Oklahoma State has a host of options on the wing, they don’t have much depth at the guard spots when it comes to the future. Freshman Jawun Evans and sophomore Tyree Griffin are the only guards on the current roster with eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 season, so adding another guard was something Oklahoma State needed to do.
Oklahoma State cut ties with guard Stevie Clark back in Feb. 2014. According to a report on Friday night, the ex-Cowboy is now in the process of taking his former school and its head coach to court.
Stevie Clark field a lawsuit in Oklahoma County Court earlier this week, claiming he was promised a car during his recruitment, that he was used as a “scapegoat” for teammates and that he was put on psychotropic drugs, according to a complaint obtained by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.
“Various promises were made with regard to playing time and ensuring that Stevie made it to the next level,” the complaint states. “Travis Ford even promised Stevie a Camaro.”
Clark claims that he faced “hazing and disrespect” from teammate Marcus Smart, a sophomore at the time and the team’s leading scorer.
When he expressed frustration to Ford, Clark alleges he was put on psychotropic drugs without his consent. He was required to take the medication to continue practicing with the team, according to the complaint.
Clark committed to Oklahoma State as a four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 70 overall player in the Class of 2013 by Rivals. His stint with the Cowboys was short, averaging 5.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in only 16 appearances as a freshman during the 2013-14 season.
His lone collegiate season included several incidents. He was sent home from the team’s trip to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic in Nov. 2013. He missed all four games on that trip for undisclosed reasons. According to the complaint, marijuana found in his room was the cause of that suspension. However, Clark believes he was used as a scapegoat for other members of the team.
Clark’s off-the-court issues continued into 2014. On New Year’s Day, he was arrested for possession of marijuana. Clark was later dismissed from the program on Feb. 4, a day he was arrested again, this time for urinating out the window of a moving vehicle.
Clark would transfer to Indian Hills Community College in the summer of 2014, but left the junior college before ever playing in a game.