A fan-favorite and surprisingly integral member of last year’s team for Oregon State, junior forward Matt Dahlen has found a new home for the end of his basketball career at Division II, Saint Martin’s University, per a release by the school’s website. Dahlen will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer for the Saints.
Dahlen started his career at Oregon State on the “diamond”, not the “hardwood”, as a baseball player but continued to live out his basketball dream in a walk-on role for head coach Wayne Tinkle. This past season, due to injury problems across the board, Dahlen found his role expanded as he appeared in 30 of the Beavers’ 32 games, including 10 starts. Over the course of the 2016-2017 campaign, Dahlen averaged 1.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest, in 10.4 minutes of court-time. Dahlen was also a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention award winner and a member of the school’s Honor Roll during his stay in Corvallis.
For this upcoming season, Saint Martin’s has already signed two high school stand-outs in Pendleton High School’s Caden Smith (Pendleton, OR) and St. Patrick St. Vincent High School’s Tavian Henderson (Vallejo, CA), in addition to two junior college transfers in South Puget CC’s Luke Chavez and Blue Mountain CC’s Jared Mathews. The Saints will also add San Jose State transfer guard E.J. Boyce from the Division I ranks, in addition to Dahlen. Two of Saint Martin’s key returnees include forward Jordan Kitchen and guard Rhett Baerlocher, as well as forward Cameron Chatwin, who will re-join the team after starting 24 games as a freshman. Saint Martin’s is coming off a 17-13 record under second year head coach, which ended in a 91-79 loss to Western Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) semi-finals.
As always, we wish the Dahlen nothing but success in all his future endeavors.