Written by Corbett Smith
Lincoln boys basketball star LeBryan Nash commits to Oklahoma State
ADDISON - Sitting in the theatre of AMS Production Studios, LeBryan Nash's mother cracked up when her son showed up on the screen for the first time.
Nash, a 6-8, 230-pound forward at Lincoln and ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 4 basketball recruit, was minutes way from choosing Oklahoma State as his school of choice, holding hats from Baylor, Kansas and OSU with a big grin on his face.
"He's never smiled like that, ever," his mother laughed.
Nash might need to work on his media smile; his days out of the spotlight are over.
Making his verbal commitment live on ESPNU while donning a giant foam Oklahoma State hat, Nash ended months of speculation about his decision.
Oklahoma State had been the front-runner throughout. Nash, whose half-brother is former OSU player Byron Eaton, had been recruited by Oklahoma State since he was in 7th grade, by then- coach Eddie Sutton.
"I don't know how many years it's going to take, but I thought Oklahoma State was the best fit for me to go to the NBA," Nash said. "It's more open, like the NBA, more pick and rolls, beating your man one-on-one off the dribble."
Nash's AAU coach, Tony Johnson, called Nash "one of the good ones" that he's coached.
High praise, considering Johnson has coached a number of NBA players, including recent lottery picks Anthony Randolph and Wesley Johnson.
Verbal commitments are non-binding; the early period for signing a national letter of intent starts Nov. 10.