Oregon State may be coming off a brutal 5-27 season, where optimistic moments came at a very-high premium but that didn’t seem to dampen the Beavers effort on the recruiting trails, where according to ESPN and 24/7 Sports, Oregon State has compiled a consensus Top 40 group.
- Ethan Thompson (Bishop Montgomery HS/Torrance, CA) ★★★★
- Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest Prep/Phoenix, AZ) ★★★★
- Zach Reichle (Wilsonville HS/Wilsonville, OR) ★★★
Projected Depth Chart
- G - McLaughlin / Manuel / Stacy
- G - Thompson Jr. / Reichle / Sanders / Muller
- G/F - Thompson / Hollins / Dahlen
- F - Eubanks / Berger / Kone
- F - Tinkle / Rakocevic / Russell
ESPN - #32
ESPN has bounced the Beavers up three spots in the last handful of days, now ranking the Oregon State 2017 recruiting haul as the 32nd best freshman scoop in the country. Ranked directly behind Georgia, whose class also boasts two four-star recruits, as well as an additional three-star prospect, Oregon State looks to be holding it’s own on a national scale, situated around the likes of Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin. On a Pac-12 level, the Beavers are ranked as having the 7th best class, behind #2 UCLA, #3 Arizona, #13 Oregon, #14 Stanford, #17 USC and #26 Arizona State.
24/7 Sports - #40
24/7 Sports doesn’t view the Beavers group quite as impressive, as they dropped Oregon State to #40 overall in recent days, ranked directly behind Michigan State. The Spartans’ recruiting haul, is comprised of five-star forward Jaren Jackson from the La Lumiere School (the #1 team in the USA Today Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings) and Grand Rapids Christian forward, Xavier Tillman, a duo of consensus Top 100 recruits. To put it safely, against a incoming group like that, the Beavers are in good company. However, 24/7 Sports views Oregon State’s scoop as the 8th best recruiting class in the conference, ranked behind Colorado’s 2017 newcomers as well, due to the fact that 24/7 Sports recognizes Alfred Hollins as only a three-star prospect.
The two recruiting class rankings does not take into account the addition of UMASS graduate transfer Seth Berger, a 6’ 8” forward who recently joined the program after four years with the Minutemen. Berger, who will be immediately eligible for the Beavers, was a minimal contributor for UMASS last season, averaging just 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in just over 10 minutes of action per game. He’s expected to provide some veteran leadership and depth to a top-heavy Oregon State front-court, relieving some of the heavy workload that will be forced upon the Eubanks-Tinkle combination at times.
It’s also important to recognize the needs filled by these recruiting classes, in which Oregon State added another potential superstar play-maker (Ethan Thompson) some depth at the guard position (Reichle) and some versatile depth in the front-court (Hollins). While the addition of one more big-bodied forward (or Ben Kone beginning to develop more rapidly) would be helpful, it looks like head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff has put the Beavers into a likeable situation heading into the 2017-2018 season.