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COMMIT: 2014 PG Tyree Griffin to Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State missed out on the JaQuan Lyle sweepstakes on Wednesday, when Lyle picked the Oregon Ducks, but the Cowboys did land a consolation prize a day later, netting a verbal commitment from 5′-10″ point guard Tyree Griffin of Landry-Walker (LA). Griffin announced his pledge via his Twitter account.

Griffin was formerly committed to UTEP but did not sign with the Miners. He reportedly picked Oklahoma State over the Texas A&M Aggies. Griffin becomes the fifth member of Oklahoma State’s recruiting class for 2014.

Griffin ran with New Orleans Elite on the grassroots circuit, and is a quick and aggressive guard. Given that a similarly sized guard, Stevie Clark, was removed from the program, it’s reasonable to believe that Griffin is being brought in to fill a similar role, though he’s certainly not the prolific scorer that Clark was in high school.

Junior college guard Jeff Newberry will likely get first crack at lead guard minutes among incoming recruits, and top-100 high school guard Jared Terrell is also in the mix. Still, Griffin can find a role in the future at Oklahoma State.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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