Per a Tweet from National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Pat Lawless, Oregon State has extended a scholarship offer to 2018 wing-player Jared Rhoden, a 6’ 6” guard/forward from Our Savior Lutheran High School in the Bronx, New York. Rhoden, a versatile and athletic talent is currently competing on the Nike EYBL circuit for the New York Lightning.
Jared Rhoden, a class of 2018 SF playing for the NY Lightning, has picked up an offer from Seton Hall and Oregon State.— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) July 24, 2017
In addition to the Beavers, Rhoden also holds offers from a long list of schools, including Boston University, Dayton, Hofstra, Iona, Loyola Marymount, Middle Tennessee State, Monmouth, Niagara, Old Dominion, Penn State, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, St. Bonavanture, Stony Brook, Temple, Towson, UMASS and VCU. A native of Baldwin, New York in Long Island, Rhoden transferred to Our Savior Lutheran before the start of the last school year. Rhoden can be described as a reliable shooter and a savvy play-maker, who also has the ability to compete on the glass.
While it’s somewhat rare for Oregon State to be reaching across the country to attempt to land an East Coast product, the change in head coach Wayne Tinkle’s recruiting strategy for the program can also be seen in the sheer timing of Rhoden’s emergence as a potential Beavers prospect. In similar fashion to rising star Amadou Sow’s offer before the start of his senior season, Tinkle and his staff look to be trying to strike while the iron is hot on a new collection of late-rising recruits.
Rhoden now joins Sow and fellow wing player Emmitt Matthews, Jr. as the main targets in Oregon State’s 2018 recruiting haul, since prospects Kevin Porter (USC) and Jarvis Thomas (Minnesota) spurned the Beavers for other destinations. Center Jack Wilson, a seven-footer Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, currently sits as the Beavers only 2018 commit at the moment.