Oklahoma State's first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class is one of the more versatile players in the Lone Star State.
Leyton Hammonds (North Richland Hills, Texas/Richland) verbally committed to the Cowboys on Sunday, according to ESPN RecruitingNation's Damon Sayles. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Hammonds is expected to play the small forward spot, but he has the perimeter jumper of a shooting guard and can defend as many as three positions effectively.
"I've been talking to Oklahoma State for a while," Hammonds told ESPN.com. "They've shown me probably the most interest of the schools talking to me. My family and I talked about it, and they've been at the top of my list for a while. I decided to make the decision and move on."
Hammonds chose Oklahoma State over offers from Clemson, Oklahoma, Lehigh and Texas-Arlington. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for a Richland team that finished the 2011-12 season with a 27-4 record.
ESPN's Paul Biancardi described Hammonds as "extremely skilled and long. At 6'8 he is very good with the ball in his hands and will bring size and versatility to the perimeter at Oklahoma State."
On the AAU circuit, Hammonds is a standout for the Dallas Mustangs, coach by Gerald Booker. The Mustangs advanced to the championship game of Sunday's Great American Shootout.