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Status of OSU basketball's recruiting class unknown

The status of three signees and one commit remains unknown after Brad Underwood’s unexpected departure from Oklahoma State.

Point guard Zack Dawson along with power forwards Latravian Glover and Souleymane Diakite signed letters of intent in November. OSU would have to grants releases from their scholarships for any of the three to go elsewhere without sitting out a season. Such releases are common after a coaching change.

Amauri Hardy committed to the Cowboys in December and cannot sign until April.

A source with knowledge of the situation said two of the players have backed away from the Cowboys, but none of the players have made their intentions known publicly. Dawson, Glover and Hardy still have pictures or profile descriptions on their Twitter pages that link them to OSU as of mid-afternoon Sunday. Diakite had no such indication, but he also hasn't posted any new tweets since January.

At a minimum, it’s likely OSU will wait to grant any releases until after a new coach is hired. That was the procedure a year ago when Travis Ford was fired. The school waited until it hired Underwood, who ultimately convinced all signees and commits to come to OSU and kept the class intact.

Recruiting services currently rank the class among the top 25 nationally. 


Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›