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Oregon State Basketball: Recruiting Targets Update

A mid-June look at Oregon State’s recruiting targets in P.J. Fuller, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Jarvis Thomas.

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P.J. Fuller - 2019 (Nathan Hale HS/Seattle, WA)

One of the hottest rising talents in the country, Fuller is beginning to receive more of the national attention that was expected to come during last season’s break-out campaign with high school powerhouse, Nathan Hale. Oregon State offered Fuller back in late April and since then, the 6’ 4”, 160 pound guard has also added scholarships from Arizona State, California, Florida State, Utah State and UT-San Antonio, to add to a list that already included Montana, Tennessee and Washington.

In early June, at the Pangos All-American Camp, Fuller took part in the “Cream of the Crop Top 60 Game”, in which he scored 20 points on a stunning 8-8 performance from the field in just 13 minutes of action. Despite being a regionally-based player, the Beavers will have to continue to work for Fuller’s eventual services, as he nears potential five-star recruit status on a national level soon.


Emmitt Matthews Jr. - 2018 (Wilson HS/Tacoma, WA)

A rising lefty senior with a smooth and crafty game, Emmitt Matthews Jr. is one of those unique talents who may not jump off the page upon first look, but could develop into one a legitimate all-league player at the college level. Matthews Jr. was recently invited to the Under Armour All-American Camp in Philadelphia for the second straight year, a trip he’s hoping to have funded via a GoFundMe page, where he’ll likely add to his list of offers that already includes Boise State, Montana, Oregon State, Portland State, Washington, Washington State and Wichita State.

At the moment, Matthews Jr. has been quiet about any potential summer college visits or a future decision date, but the 6’ 6” swingman is not a player that the Beavers should be sleeping on. While some other Oregon State targets from the 2018 class may be reaches in terms of securing their services, Matthews Jr. appears to be the type of player hungry to prove himself in a league like the Pac-12. There’s no reason Corvallis wouldn’t be a perfect fit for the Tacoma native.


Jarvis Thomas - 2018 (Orono HS/Saint Paul, MN)

Likely underrated as still just a three-star recruit, Jarvis Thomas is a 6’ 7”, 225 pound, next-level type of athlete who might blossom into one of the biggest steals of the whole 2018 class, unless his stock severely rises by the end of the summer. Not yet sold? Take a look at this clip from a recent AAU tournament to gauge just what kind of superb talent that Thomas truly is. Yes, the sky is truly the limit for this kid.

Since being targeted by the Beavers in June of last year, Thomas has added offers from Green Bay, Marquette and Pittsburgh, with the Golden Eagles quickly being rumored as a favorite final destination for the Minnesota native. However, if there was ever a time to try to sell Thomas on something different than a Mid-West based, Big East/Big Ten/Big 12 type of program, now would be it. Like Matthews Jr., Thomas has been fairly inconspicuous about the deadline for his recruiting so the Beavers could be gearing up for one last big push at the athletic phenom in the coming months.