We all know next year's men's basketball team will be bad. But in order to know just how bad, it's a good idea to take a look at the new depth chart.
Projected Starting Lineup:
SF - Victor Robbins (Jr, 2.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.8 APG)
PF - Daniel Gomis (Jr, 2.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 BPG)
C - Olaf Schaftenaar (Jr, 2.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG)
The good news is that the majority of the starters will all be upperclassmen. The bad news? All five combined for a grand total of 14.5 PPG last season. Duvivier is a solid option at the one, and hopefully a year of experience under his belt will fix some of the head-scratching mistakes he made during his freshman season.
Morris-Walker is the team's returning leading scorer and has a sweet outside stroke. Robbins has experience as a starter, but confidence is an issue after a rough finish last year. The frontcourt may have problems balancing out the offense, but Gomis provides a clog in the middle that can take over the shot-blocking talents left behind by Eric Moreland. Schaftenaar will take over Brandt's role as a point center, and if he can knock down the outside shot with consistency, this may not be the worst starting five in the conference.
PG - Challe Barton (Sr, 3.0 PPG, 1.2 APG, 1.1 RPG)
SG - Gary Payton II (Jr, 14.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.9 SPG in 2013-14 at Salt Lake CC)
SF - Jarmal Reid (Jr, 1.1 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 BPG)
PF - Cheikh N'diaye (So, 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 BPG)
C - Isaiah Manderson (Fr, 6'10" 250 lbs)
This is where things get rough. Barton's low lights are much more frequent than his highlights, and Payton will be rough around the edges early on. Reid will continue to do Reid things, and N'diaye is still another year away from being a force in the post. Manderson is an intriguing newcomer for when coach Craig Robinson decides to go big.
SG - Chai Baker (Fr, 6'3" 175 lbs)
PF - Cameron Oliver (Fr, 6'8" 220 lbs)
Baker will compete for playing time thanks to a nice stroke from outside, but in the end I think Payton wins the backup two spot. Oliver was a late signee that chose the Beavers over teams like Oregon and Arizona State. He brings some nice athleticism around the rim and some added depth down low.
What we need (realistically):
The transfer of Hallice Cooke leaves an open scholarship spot, and there are two players across the country that the Beavers both need and realistically have a shot at. The first is former Maryland shooting guard Nick Faust. He would likely be eligible immediately and have one year to play in Corvallis, and Robinson could desperately use his consistent play at both ends of the floor. He averaged 9.4 PPG last season, including a 20 point performance against Wake Forest and a six rebound outing against Oregon State. The Beavers figure to be a front-runner to land the services of the two guard since playing time would be immediately available and he was heavily considering coming to Corvallis out of high school.
The second player is former Hawaii point guard Keith Shamburger. He is a dynamic, high energy player that is always fun to watch. Playing more as a combo guard for the Rainbow Warriors in 2013-14, he averaged 9.3 PPG and 5.4 APG. Beaver fans will remember Shamburger for hitting the dagger three against Oregon State on Christmas afternoon over in Honolulu.