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Quick Links: Kendal Manuel Agrees To Plea Deal

The redshirt freshman guard will now be asked to complete a “180-day diversion program” to have the case dismissed against him.

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  • Declared a “small town success story”, Oregon State pitcher Jake Thompson had a long and winding trip to Corvallis, that’s well chronicled in this piece by Steve Mims of The Register-Guard. Whether it was Thompson’s stint with the “Three Rivers Sandblasters Legion team” or his time spent in an “Alaska(n) summer league”, Thompson’s road to making it to Division I (with help from former San Diego State coach Jim Dietz) is an improbable dream that became a reality.

  • Despite holding offers from just two Division II programs in Central Washington and Seattle Pacific, 2017 guard Xavier Smith believes he has the ability to play at the Division I level. He’ll now get his chance to prove that, as Smith has committed to join the basketball program at Oregon State, in a walk-on role. Smith, who is described by his high school coach Jason Kerr as a “diamond in the rough”, averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for Seattle’s O’Dea High School. Kerr also noted in the piece that “at the end of his four years, he's gong to be an impact guy.” Already, there seems to be some serious high praise for the incoming talent.