LeBryan Nash Signs with Cowboys

LeBryan Nash played for the USA Basketball U18 squad during the summer of 2010.

LeBryan Nash played for the USA Basketball U18 squad during the summer of 2010.

Nov. 11, 2010

Stillwater, Okla. — LeBryan Nash, a consensus five-star recruit who is ranked as high as the No. 4 high school recruit in the country nationally, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State and head coach Travis Ford, it was announced today. The 6-7, 215-pound small forward is a Dallas, Texas, native and attends Lincoln High School.

“We’re very excited about LeBryan joining our basketball family here at Oklahoma State,” said Ford. “It’s been a lot of fun getting to know him and his mom and all his coaches throughout the recruiting process. He’s been very blessed to have a terrific mother (Samantha Nash) who has raised him as a fine young man, and he’s been very fortunate to have great coaches around him who have taught him a lot about the game and a lot about life.”

Nash is the second-highest ranked recruit to ever sign with OSU in school history, and will certainly be the highest-rated recruit to ever step on the court in a Cowboy uniform. Nash is ranked as the No. 4 player nationally according to Rivals.com, including the second-best small forward in the country. Scout.com has Nash as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 small forward in the country. ESPNU.com ranks him as the No. 10 prospect nationally and the No. 3 small forward.

“LeBryan is first and foremost a terrific young man who represents himself very well,” Ford continued. “He’s also a great basketball player. On the court, he’s one of the most talented players I’ve seen in a very long time. He can play multiple positions, from point guard to two-guard to three-guard to any position on the court that you’d like for him to play. He’s just great with the ball in his hands, from scoring to passing.”

Nash was named to the 2010 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team in June and averaged eight points in five games as the USA squad won the gold medal in San Antonio, Texas. He scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench against the U.S. Virgin Islands in the opening round.

“From all the years I’ve been in this profession recruiting players of an elite status, he’s the most talented and skilled player I’ve ever recruited,” said OSU associate head coach Butch Pierre, the primary recruiter for Nash’s services. “From a maturity standpoint, he’s an impact guy who makes players around him better.”

A two-time All-State selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Nash was also named an all-area pick in both 2009 and 2010 by the Dallas Morning News. He is a three-time all-conference selection and was named the 2008 Newcomer of the Year by the Morning News as a freshman.

As a junior last season, Nash averaged 20.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, leading the Tigers to a 28-4 record. He has a three-year high school record of 82-18. The Tigers have advanced to the regional semifinals in each of his three years, making the regional finals in 2008.

“One thing I’ve always said to LeBryan, I think he’s too unselfish at times, because he loves winning,” said Ford. “Anytime you talk to LeBryan, it’s about winning and he loves to win. He’s got a great competitive nature. We’re just very excited about what he brings to our basketball program as a person and as a player. Obviously, he’s got a great future ahead of him.”



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