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Pettway set school record for blocks

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State got help on its front
line Monday with the signing of junior-college forward Aaron
Pettway.

Pettway, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward, averaged 7.9 points and
5.9 rebounds for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College last season.
He also set the school record with 89 blocked shots.

He joins forwards Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin, who helped the
Cowboys to their first Final Four appearance in nine years.

"Aaron is going to give us better depth along the front line,"
Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton said. "He'll certainly challenge for a
starting position. He's a player that has a lot of opportunity to
mature and to become a better player, because he didn't play high
school basketball.

"He has a lot of talent, and we feel like he's certainly got a
bright future here and will be a welcome addition."

Pettway was also recruited by Georgetown, Maryland, Florida
State, and Georgia, and made his final decision between Mississippi
State, Georgia Tech, Alabama and the Cowboys.

"It came down to winning tradition, Eddie Sutton, and the
opportunity to fit right in with his system," Pettway said. "He
showed me that I could fit right in and that's what I was looking
for."

Pettway was 6-foot-3 in high school and didn't make the
basketball team. But he grew eight inches while spending four years
in the U.S. Air Force.

"I think I can bring a defensive presence that they need and a
little more size in the middle," said Pettway. "(I am) someone
who can help spread the floor and move the ball in transition."