Nov. 17, 2013
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has signed three future Cowboy Basketball players to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by head coach Travis Ford. The trio will join the program for the 2014-15 season.
Jeff Newberry, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, spent his freshman season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., before transferring to New Mexico Junior College for his sophomore campaign. At NEO, he averaged 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. He had his best game as a collegian on Tuesday against Odessa College, scoring career-high 31 points with seven assists and four steals. Newberry, originally from Atlanta, Ga., was an NJCAA All-Region II selection as a freshman. He is ranked as the top point-guard prospect and the second-best overall player in the juco ranks according to Jerry Meyer. He chose Oklahoma State over interest from UConn, LSU, Rhode Island, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
"We're excited about signing Jeff," Ford said. "He brings us somebody with good experience; somebody with great athleticism. He's very aggressive on both ends of the court. He's one of the premier athletes in all of junior-college basketball. He can play either guard position, point guard or the two (guard). He can pass, he can score. He brings a lot to the table as far as skill level on both ends of the court. I think he can make an impact to our basketball team right away."
Mitchell Solomon, a 6-9, 220-pound post from Bixby, Okla., averaged 15.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season as a junior for the Spartans while shooting 52 percent from the floor. A relative unknown last season, he blew up during the summer circuit and is considered the top prospect in the state of Oklahoma for 2014. Solomon is a consensus four-star recruit and rated as high as the No. 72 player in the country according to Rivals.com.
"We're excited about Mitchell becoming a part of our OSU family," Ford said. "He has deep family ties to Oklahoma State. Mitchell is a player who has an extreme upside; he's very skilled at 6-9 or 6-10; and has a great understanding of the game. He has great hands and can play inside or outside. At his size, he is someone who really fits our style of play. He has a great future ahead of him."
"The atmosphere of the campus and the community I felt at OSU, I just loved it," Solomon said. "Of course, they've got the nice facilities. I felt like it was the place for me."
He was recruited by several other schools, including Oklahoma, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and ORU.
Joe Burton, a 6-6, 205-pound wing player, is a consensus four-star player from Lutheran North High School in Houston, Texas. He is ranked as the No. 40 player nationally according to Future150.com. As a junior in 2012-13, Burton averaged 21.5 points per game and was named a first-team All-Region II selection in Class 5A.
"I feel like this is where I wanted to go and they will get me better as a complete player," Burton said. "I think I fit in great. The team made me feel like I was already part of the family."
He was recruited by a plethora of schools, including Missouri, Texas A&M, UTEP, Houston and Boise State, but ultimately chose Oklahoma State over Oklahoma and Oregon.
"We're excited about Joe becoming a Cowboy," Ford said. "He is a very versatile player at 6-6. He is a great three-point shooter. He's very athletic on the fast break and has a good mid-range game. Joe had a great, great summer. His play over the summer helped him become one of the best players in the country. With his size, athletic ability and versatility, he can play several positions on our team, which fits our style of play."
2014 Cowboy Basketball Recruiting Class
Joe Burton Wing 6-6 205 Houston, Texas (Lutheran North HS)
Jeff Newberry Guard 6-2 180 Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake HS/NEO/New Mexico JC)
Mitchell Solomon Post 6-9 220 Bixby, Okla. (Bixby HS)