Walk-on guard Daine Muller may not have logged a minute of action for Oregon State last season but it now seems the rising senior may be a contributing piece for the Beavers in 2016-2017. Expected to serve in a more featured role, head coach Wayne Tinkle has offered a scholarship to Muller for his upcoming senior campaign.
Muller, a tough-nosed defender and capable shooter, will help to add depth to a backcourt reeling from the losses of Gary Payton II and Langston Morris-Walker. He will also add a veteran presence that may help to mentor some younger talents in newcomers JaQuori McLaughlin and Ronnie Stacy and sophomores Stephen Thompson Jr., and Kendal Manuel, a fellow Billings native.
A former Montana Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award winner, Muller started his college basketball career at Montana under Wayne Tinkle, joining the Grizzlies as a walk-on there as well. After Tinkle left to take over the Oregon State, Muller transferred to Montana State but never suited up for Bobcats due to injury. He then reunited himself with Tinkle at Oregon State before the beginning of last season.
Muller's scholarship is currently just for the 2016-2017 season but with three years of eligibility remaining, the impact for Muller to be a longer-term impact piece is still there.