Oregon State fans and coach Tinkle received good news when three star recruit Ben Kone committed to Oregon State on Tuesday. Kone stated that, "[He] likes to handle things in person, and being a gentlemen is a top priority," as he made the trip back to Corvallis to give Tinkle his verbal commit in person to the Beavers.
The 6'9, 240 pound Mercury News player of the year got momentum in his high school career when he moved to Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, California) his Sophomore year. There, it saw him develop into a great all around player as he averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Monarchs.
His junior year saw him take control of the Monarchs, leading them to the runner up in California's CIF State Division II. Kone finished his junior season with averages of 20.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. His averages put everyone on notice, and locked in a recruiting battle to land him.
Kone stated that the coaching staff, the culture of the campus, and the atmosphere in Corvallis where everybody is friendly were a few of the many reasons he chose Oregon State. He also added, "That with hard work I can become a better player, a better student and grow up to be a good man there, and it was personally the best fit for me".
As a freshman for the Beavers, Kone sees himself as a 3 or 4 at Oregon State, but added he would play anywhere the coaches wanted him. With his height and weight he could become a force to be reckoned with down low for the Beavers in the near future. With great recruiting classes, Coach Tinkle keeps bringing it. There are many reasons for Beaver basketball fans to be excited for the upcoming season, and in Kone's case, next season.