Hoops Recruiting: Nash Says 'I'm Good Luck'

LeBryan Nash

LeBryan Nash has made numerous trips to Oklahoma State to watch basketball games at Gallagher-Iba Arena the last five years but what he witnessed Saturday afternoon was a first. Nash, a 6-6 small forward who is ranked as 11th best high school junior in the nation, talked Sunday with GoPokes.com about watching the Cowboys' upset of No. 1-ranked Kansas from his seat two rows behind the OSU bench.

"I've been up there a bunch of times but I have never seen anything like that. It was definitely, definitely an upset," Nash said of Oklahoma State's 85-77 victory over KU.

Nash, who plays at Lincoln High School is Dallas, is a half-brother of former Cowboy point guard Byron Eaton and made the trip to Stillwater to watch numerous games over the past four seasons, but he was not prepared for what he saw Saturday.

"I thought Kansas was probably going to win … but when I got there and saw the crowd, and saw how James Anderson was playing, I felt like they'd win," said Nash.

"I saw the crowd like that; Oklahoma State can beat anybody with that type of environment."

Is that the wildest he's ever seen the Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd? "Yeah, I had never seen nobody run on the court like that before," he said.

Did he think about joining the mosh pit at midcourt with the Cowboy players and fans? "I did but I had to stay professional. I wanted to so bad, though," Nash answered.

Nash said he delivered a message for OSU head coach Travis Ford after the victory. "I think I'm good luck for them," said Nash, who was not only rooting for the Cowboys during Saturday's upset over the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks but the last game he attended inside Gallagher-Iba Arena was OSU's 68-59 upset of No. 25 Texas last season (ironically that game was played on Feb. 28, 2009, almost a year to the day of Saturday's upset).

But Ford also had a message for the Lincoln High standout, who is averaging 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Tigers (27-3) as they enter a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal game against Dallas Pinkston on Monday night.

"He spoke to me and said this is how it's going to be at Oklahoma State but we're going to be the No. 1 team, and it won't be an upset," Nash said. "He said that this is how it's going to be in Stillwater. We're bringing in good players and I'm going to put good players around you, now all I need you to do is commit."

Did you commit? "No, sir," Nash answered.

"I really got a lot of love from everybody. It seemed like everybody knew who I was and that I was going to be there," said Nash, who made the drive from Dallas to Stillwater with his mother and Lincoln High School head coach Leonard Bishop.

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