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Stanford get first basketball commitment -- a forward from Georgia

Former Stanford forward Josh Huestis was a surprise first-round pick in the draft
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Marcus Sheffield, a small forward from Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga., became the first high school player from the class of 2015 to commit to Stanford's men's basketball team when he made his decision earlier this week.

Sheffield is ranked as the nation's No. 68 prospect in the class by Scout.com, and No. 83 by Rivals.com. He chose the Cardinal over offers from the Maryland, Clemson Tigers and Tennessee, among others.

Maryland was presumed to be the favorite for the 6-foot-5 Sheffield, who surprised some by choosing Stanford.

Sheffield's ability to shoot from long range is his biggest asset. He is a good athlete who needs to get stronger and improve his ball-handling.

In other Stanford basketball news, freshman power forward Reid Travis underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week, but he should be ready to return for the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-8 Travis was a McDonald's All-American and will compete for a starting position with the Cardinal, who lost forwards Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis to the NBA. Travis was the nation's No, 18-ranked prospect in the class of 2014 by Scout.com.

Huestis was one of the surprises of the NBA draft, getting chosen in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. A few online draft services had Huestis going in the second round, but many expected him to go undrtaft.

The defensive skills of the 6-foot-7 Huestis and his ability to rebounds are the reasons Huesits was chosen. His offensive limitations -- especially his inability to hit from long range -- will limit his playing time at the small forward spot until he improves his shooting. But his ability to defend several positions made him a worthwhile selection for a team that does not need much immediate help.