Name: Daine Muller
Hometown: Billings, MT (Skyview HS)
Year/Position: Junior / Guard
For a walk-on guard, Daine Muller has sure had a whole lot of stops in his career.
The 2013 Gatorade Montana Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Muller originally decided to attend Montana after graduating Skyview High School, hopeful to earn a spot on the basketball team under head coach Wayne Tinkle. He redshirted his freshman season to preserve his eligibility, expecting the process of finding his way on the court to be a long and gradual one. Then, Tinkle took a new head coaching position at Oregon State. Muller’s plans were thrown into a blender.
Anxious for a new start, Muller left the Grizzlies in search of a new home at Montana State, but health issues began to sideline a once-promising basketball career. Muller, who deals with a debilitating condition known as compartment syndrome on both his legs, had to undergo multiple surgeries that kept his athletic future greatly in question. It was unknown if the 6’ 4” guard would ever play again.
Muller decided to flee to greener pastures once again, this time heading to Oregon State, where he was reunited with his old head coach in Wayne Tinkle. After sitting out last season as a transfer, Muller was ready to earn his walk-on spot on the team this summer. Tinkle seemed to have other plans once again.
This time, Tinkle’s decision worked in Muller’s favor and with two open scholarship available for the 2016-2017 season, the head coach decided to award Muller a one-year scholarship. For the first time in his long and winding college career, Muller will be a Division I scholarship basketball player. On top of that, he’s also been granted a sixth year of eligibility, as well as being currently on scheduled to graduate at the end of this season. It’s safe to say things are looking up for Daine Muller once again.
The scouting report on Muller is that he is a defensive-first player, who also can play a role as a serviceable shooter. What kind of impact he will make for this year’s version of the Beavers is still unknown. Oregon State will have a revolving door of backcourt options that will first debut at their exhibition game on Friday night against NAIA, Corban University.