Spotlight On… Oklahoma State Freshman LeBryan Nash

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot Pistol Pete performs during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As a McDonald's All American, and winner of the slam dunk competition at the McDonald's All-American Powerade Jam Fest, LeBryan Nash could have played college basketball anywhere he wanted. How he ended up in Stillwater is a family matter.

You see, Nash's half-brother is former Oklahoma St. Cowboys forward Byron Eaton. So when it came down to choosing a college, Rivals.com's 6th ranked player in the high school class of 2011 knew he wanted to follow big brother's lead and play for the Pokes.

The 6'7 guard/forward will bring athleticism to a team who probably won't be remembered for athleticism. In fact, Ok State might rely heavily on the freshman, which is only fitting for a guy who lists Carmelo Anthony as his favorite NBA player.

Last season, as a senior at Dallas Lincoln High School, Nash averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while being named Mr. Basketball 2010-11 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.  He also was named to the 2010 USA Basketball Men's U18 National team where he averaged eight points in four games as the USA squad won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships.

His lists of accomplishments goes on and on, as it should for Oklahoma State's highest ranked recruit... maybe ever.

They say "it's not what you know, but who you know" and luckily for Oklahoma St. Cowboys fans, Cowboys head coach Travis Ford knew Byron Eaton.

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