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Originally published October 21, 2010 at 04:34p.m., updated October 22, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Dallas prep LeBryan Nash chooses Oklahoma State

Rivals.com's No. 4-rated player selects Cowboys over KU, Baylor

Kansas recruit LeBryan Nash watches the action during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

Kansas recruit LeBryan Nash watches the action during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

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LeBryan Nash, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior forward from Dallas’ Lincoln High, orally committed to Oklahoma State on Thursday afternoon on ESPNU.

He chose the Cowboys over Kansas University and Baylor. Nash’s half-brother, Byron Eaton, attended OSU.

“I chose Oklahoma State because it’s best for me and my family,” Nash said on ESPNU. “Kansas was a great place to go, and Baylor also. I thought Oklahoma State would be best for me, though."

Rivals.com’s No. 4-rated player averaged 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last year. He visited KU for the recent Late Night in the Phog.

Nash opened the ESPNU segment with caps of the three schools as props. He didn't put any of those on his head — instead a huge, orange OSU Cowboy hat in announcing his choice.

“He (Eaton) played a good role. He told me Travis Ford is the coach for me,” Nash said. “He was there four years. I listen to what he says because he’s my big brother. I fit in the system. I love it there.”

Comments

Coyotehawk 3 years, 5 months ago

For those of you who actually thought KU even had a chance at this kid, well, i've only one thing to say

NUTS

Nash was OSU bound from day one. Look beyond the spotlight people. Family ties have more to do with recruiting then just about any other factor when it comes to chosing a school.

Writing was on the wall on this one. Not sure why so many people are suprised.

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William Blake 3 years, 6 months ago

Maybe CS is keeping room for all the top recruits that will leave Baylor when they get popped soon.

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Layne Pierce 3 years, 6 months ago

KU is not going to fold up because we lost this big fish, but I would suggest that a player of his size and physical attributes, remains our teams achilles heel. We were best when we had a Paul Pierce, a Brandon Rush. We've got bigs and lots of guards, but the smll forward position remains our big question mark. Hopefully Releford and Little can pull it off. I'm not completely certain. What do you all think?

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Tallhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

KU will be just fine year in and year out with HCBS, E. Johnson will be here for at least 3 more years, the 2012 recruiting class is what this coaching staff is banking on, tons of talent and we will make it a top 10 class. Stay positive, do not get too worked up over kids that will most likely be 1 & done, have faith in your Head Coach and his staff, if you want proof, just watch and see again how Kentucky do, they are always going to be good, but I do not see them winning the Championship with 1 & dones year in and year out. Go Hawks. Enjoy the weekend !!!! Always great to be a JayHawk.

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bennybob 3 years, 6 months ago

Man this site is filled with KU homers so biased its sickening.

Anyone that is truly objective and honest with themselves should come to the conclusion that up to this point, the 2011 recruiting class has been a huge failure.

And looking at what recruits are left, there isn't much hope its going to get any better.

Our Big 12 streak is going to be in serious danger the next few years.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 6 months ago

typical recruit talk?? yeah basically the same words....but i felt LeBryan was more sincere than most. anyways its good for the big 12 regardless, i can barely stand to listen to any college basketball analyst anymore these days.....Bob Knight is actually pretty good when it comes to kansas, and Fran Fraschila

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pigballin 3 years, 6 months ago

Just had to remove my post.An immature moderator can't stand objective opinions.Must be a lib.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 6 months ago

http://theshiver.com/2010/10/nash-a-poke/ Nash said alot of good stuff about KU, sounds like he was a KU lean coming into late night........

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newyorkjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

some great posts, as always... here's a few of my thoughts, for those who like reading fellow fans' ideas...

nash going to oklahoma state is not as worrisome as durant going to texas or beasley going to k state... that list, i'm sure could go on and on, but we'll stick with those two... somehow, and i'm pretty sure i know how, kansas has not only survived the loss of recruits like this, but succeeded even further in spite of it... in fact, here's my thought on that... first, their talent helped us ultimately prepare for bigger games against lesser talented go-to-players. second, those one-and-done players that want more scoring opportunities than demands on the defensive end are not immoral people, but rather don't fit into the "team" concept that our guys do... i think selby is a rare exception to that, and henry wasn't so bad at that either. lastly, for all those haters out there saying that kansas never gets the great recruits... guess what you're doing for the guys we DO win in recruiting battles... they get motivation to prove you wrong, with a game tying 3-pointer in the championship game, or a triple double against drake in the following year's tourney... we win conference championships and bring in another 30+ win season. they work as a team, they play better defense and they make you fall in love with them. this is no circus where clowns come for the fame and fortunes, they ascend to allen field house for the shivers down their spine as they run through tunnel, for the participation in a historically legendary program, for the victories and the chance to truly become quality players and people. kansas doesnt need the best of the best individual athletes to take home the ultimate prize... they need the best of the best teammates and that's what HCBS is best at finding. rock chalk jayhawk, go KU.

last but not least, with nebraska and colorado out of the conference, competition actually heats up. with that, more national coverage is bound to take place... the texas vs kansas rivalry will grow and prosper into lucrative publicity since we'll always play them twice per year. if baylor continues to progress, same goes for that match up. k-state is MUCH better than a decade ago, and oklahoma state is often considered a tourney bound team. outside of iowa state, the big 12 actually was done a favor by losing two of the lowest performing teams in the conference... that alone could help recruit better talent for the big 12 and kansas in particular. oklahoma state grabbing the #4 recruit in the country helps get that ball rolling.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 6 months ago

tallhawk, i believe Ben M. will decide early November if i remember correctly. Could you imagine if he chose MISERY!?!? Me neither i believe he's a jayhawk all the way....as for LeBryan Nash, good luck at OSU. They have absolutely no chance of winning a big 12 title anytime soon....im more worried about Baylor and the recruits they just picked up....they will be a team to deal with as they have been lately....Ben mclemore is a stud and 2012 looks good for us for recruits and it sounds like we got a damn good start on the top of the 2013 class with late night in the phog... ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!

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nohohawk 3 years, 6 months ago

To those who have mentioned the lockout above and before. I am praying so hard that this lockout actually happens and I'm sure the NCAA is doing the same. If so, this could possibly make next year one of the best years ever in college basketball!!! And if the NCAA sees the ratings go through the roof because of all this talent that had to stay an extra year we may start to see changes that would affect the one and done rule and hopefully make the NCAA say you have to stay in school two years before leaving. Just imagine that all the kids leaving early next year can't leave and then you add another class of talent to that pool. You will see the mid majors actually picking up some three and four stars and actually competing on a higher level as well. Please let this lockout happen for the sake of being able to experience one of the best quality years of college basketball EVER!!!

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DoubleDD 3 years, 6 months ago

Recruiting can be such a crap shoot. Some would say KU is losing out on big time talent. At first I believed this hook line and sinker. Then as common sense set in. I have a different spin. Why would a top recruit who is border line one and done come to KU. They wouldn't unless they know for sure they can fill a hole in KU's lineup. A top recruit considering KU not only has to compete with starters but bench players as well.

Now this can be a good thing or a bad thing. Its all in how you look at it. Yea KU misses out on some star studded talent. Yet when we do get a recruit, you know they really want to be a Jayhawk. Maybe I'm reaching but that's how I see it.

Truthfully, I would not want to be a UK fan right know. Yea they'll win alot of games, and will steal most of the media attention. Yet would you as a fan want to root for a new team ever year with no players to connect with. That would be like picking a different NFL team ever year and rooting for them like that meant something to you. I want KU to win as much as the next fan, but I wouldn't sell my soul to the devil to do it. (UK).

Its kind of sad that a program like UK would give away tradition, and the college experience just to win. (there's no college experience with one and done) I mean can any UK student really say they went to college with any UK basketball players. I think not.

If a kid is chasing money and thats all they care about then KU is not the answer UK is. If they want to be apart of something special where fans and students will remember your play long after you moved on, then KU is the answer. I always thought of the Fog as some kind of smoke screen. I've since come to believe that it is the essence of previous players and fans that have made KU the mecca of CB.

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Tallhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Nash also stated during his announcement that one of the biggest deciding factors was that Coach Ford has be recruiting his since he became the coach at OK State, gotta appreciate the kids integrity and character for committing to Coach Ford.

Does anybody have any idea for when Ben may announce his college choice?

Always a Jayhawker !!

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jayhawk15 3 years, 6 months ago

His half brother is Byron Eaton who played 4 years at OSU. He grew up in the OSU program and was recruited very early by OSU. There was to much of a connection to the OSU program to pull him away. And to be honest OSU has probably the second best basketball tradition besides KU in the Big 12. They have a great arena and a good young up and coming coach. Its not a big surprise we couldn't steal him away from them. Really it means Mclemore who plays the same position will most likely commit here and he has a ton of upside and is ranked 17th by rivials so we should be fine.

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jhawkr 3 years, 6 months ago

We always lose the battle of the hats / ballcaps !

God knows we all wanted him, but he chose to attend a lower level Div. 1 school. Upon checking there are only -347- Div. 1 schools. So, the grass can always look greener elsewhere to most any recruit.

However, I have to think that Coach Ford played up to him that if he works at it, he just might be the next James Anderson at OSU. Being the leading scorer and player 36+ minutes a game has to be appealing to most kids. Plus his chunky step-bro went to OSU and it is closer to home.

In the end he will regret his decision if he cares about the Big Dance and winning ! Without Anderson this year OSU has basically zero to none in the realm of big time scorers. He could change his mind by signing day !

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GoodwinK 3 years, 6 months ago

you'll be cleaning up Calipari's grease trail soon enough Kentucky

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KY_Cats1 3 years, 6 months ago

So how is that 2011 recruiting class coming along? Just outstanding if you are a fan of the Cats! So good in fact, we have already moved on to bringing in the top class for 2012...and 2013...and 2014 for that matter.

...and the beat goes on in Lexington. Enjoy fighting over the scraps the Cats leave on the dining room floor.

Go Big Blue!!!

UK Wildcats The King of College Basketball

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chriz 3 years, 6 months ago

What's the situation on Bradley Beal? Is he decommitting from Florida?

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Jaminrawk 3 years, 6 months ago

So which top-10 recruit decommits over winter and chooses KU around the McDonalds AA game weekend this year? Beal?

I wouldn't fret about it. KU has been down this road before and it's humorous everyone gets all worked up about it. Last time I checked, KU still has the longest tourney streak going and wins the Big XII (a league Nash will be playing in next year) every year.

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Layne Pierce 3 years, 6 months ago

KU will always get players. We may not always get the top 5, but we will get some, and after the top 5, the rest is pub and promo. When we can't get anybody we want, then we start crying, but we are a long ways from that. I think we get McLemore, and I already really like Sharpe. Our roster is still not exactly depleted.

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loyal2thephog 3 years, 6 months ago

I heard Bill Self on the radio say today that his sources,

"although not the most reliable" indicate that there is a very good chance of a lockout in the NBA next season... "the owners have drawn a line in the sand..." and something to the effect of no progress has been made.

I'm sure this had an effect on Nash's decision. If that (the NBA lockout) happens, our roster is going to be loaded with talent, top to bottom: senior to frosh Wondering what others are thinking regarding this... Does this hurt/help our recruiting moving forward?

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 6 months ago

No sour grapes...good kid....great player.....best decision for him.....I was kind of stunned by the number of people on this site who thought he was coming to Kansas.

Elite talent is looking for Playing Time, Conference Exposure and Individual Opportunity. He will be the big fish in the small pond, do his time and move onto his true dream, The Show.

Opposite tact is Josh Selby, elite talent but working within the team concept, again showing his skills at an elite program, with mega-exposure before moving on to the league.

Both approaches can work. It's regrettable 'cause LeBryan would have been a great Jayhawk

PS Take a little comfort...he didn't go to Consucky or Puke and he didn't become a Tarhole!!!

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SaltyJayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Although i'm disappointed that we didn't get this kid, I was impressed by his demeanor while announcing his pick. He was polite and actually spent a whole two minutes thanking people. I thought the cowboy hat was pretty funny, and i understand he isn't insulting KU by not coming here, he's just going to OSU because his brother did. I Hope he has a great career, except for the games in which he plays us.

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GilbertAZ 3 years, 6 months ago

Looks like the big 12, or big 10, or whatever this league is going to be called, is starting to get pretty loaded with talent. I think this only helps KU. Great players want to play against other great players. I predict that over the next couple of years, KU's recruiting classes will become almost silly.

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Brett Forreal 3 years, 6 months ago

He will leave in a year anyway if possible. He was able to cover it up with the family deal.

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Brett Forreal 3 years, 6 months ago

The guy just wanted to stand out more by putting up huge numbers, not be overshadowed by anybody. Too many trees at KU. His loss. Bring on Big Ben.

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chriz 3 years, 6 months ago

Is it hard to bring people to Kansas for some reason? Is it because we don't have an NBA team nearby? I realize that we got Josh Selby, and that's awesome, but when we lose guys like Harrison Barnes and, possibly, Perry Ellis, guys who are home grown in a sparsely populated recruiting bed (being the 300-mile radius around Lawrence, KS), I tend to get concerned.

I can understand losing Nash considering that he's from Dallas and that he comes from an OSU family, but we seem to always be the bridesmaid. Not sure what the deal is. We just won a championship, we're an elite program, yadayadayada. Or, maybe it's not as bad as I'm imagining it...

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kirkhinrichflow 3 years, 6 months ago

(-_-) who cares! lets get selby cleared

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JayCeph 3 years, 6 months ago

I can't figure out the last sentence from this article. Can someone help me?

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kushaw 3 years, 6 months ago

Somebody just saw Nash on his cell phone back behind corner. Rumor is that he's talking to Bill Self.

(Note: This was a complete made up story and I think we all know that Bill Self would not do anything like that. Leave that to the likes of Calipari).

The Orange Cowboy hat was pretty funny! That thing was huge. It reminded me of those two girls from Okie State back in 2004 that were on CBS during the NCAA tournament all the time for that crazy dance.

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Nick Vaughan 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, he said it himself, "I felt the ball would be in my hands the most of the time". Clearly this kid wouldnt fit Self's system. That guy also said he was impressed with OSU's tutors....well clearly this guy needs some serious educational help, he really struggled to put a coherent sentence together, course it could of been nerves. This will make playing OSU a little more interesting.

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Joe Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

oh well- Now we should definitely get McLemore

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rpboy06 3 years, 6 months ago

Im starting to wonder if Late Night is actually that attractive or if it's just an excuse for recruits to go and get pampered for a weekend.

IMO Late Night is somewhat boring. There should be more Men's basketball opposed to introducing Fall/Winter/Spring sports and performances by the dance crew.

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nohohawk 3 years, 6 months ago

no shock here. he posted yesterday on his facebook page that he was going take his skills to _ _ _ _ _ _ _. only school that happens to fit 13 letters was oklahoma state.

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kirkhinrichflow 3 years, 6 months ago

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