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Oregon State Basketball: Recruiting Targets Update

A late-July look at Oregon State’s recruiting targets in Jared Rhoden, Amadou Sow and Emmitt Matthews.

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Amadou Sow - 2018 (Prolific Prep/Napa, CA)

A 6’ 9”, 225-pound forward originally from Mali, Amadou Sow has been a “name-to-know” all summer-long, as he helped his Nike EYBL team, the Oakland Soldiers, to a Peach Jam Championship and a runner-up finish in the The Eight Tournament in Las Vegas in recent weeks. So, as the summer winds down for Sow, it seems that his focus is now in preparing himself for his senior season of high school basketball and listening to the college offers as they come.

With the level of national exposure that Sow got from being in front of dozens of college coaches in past few days, it’s only expected that the underrated and bruising big man’s next-level hype is about to go through the roof. However, through it all, Sow seems to have remained very calm and patient in his development, as seen in his friendly demeanor in the video below from D1 Circuit.

According to a piece from Pittsburgh Sports Now, Sow did give some comments about his recruiting process, saying that he would like to “start planning visits”, with a trip to Pittsburgh in the near future.

“In a week I’m going to start planning visits. I would like to visit Pitt and learn more about the program and the coaches. I’m interested in playing in the ACC conference. It offers the best competition. Pitt plays a lot of tough teams with a lot of big time players. I want to go against the best.”

At the moment, Oregon State has one player committed to their front-court for the 2018 class in seven-foot center Jack Wilson from Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. The potential addition of Sow to the 2018 class as well for the Beavers, could give Oregon State one of the more intriguing recruiting hauls in the Pac-12.


Jared Rhoden - 2018 (Our Saviour Lutheran/Bronx, NY)

A 6’ 6” small forward from New York, Jared Rhoden was offered by Oregon State less than a week ago, on the same day that he was also offered by Seton Hall, a new-found adversary on the Beavers recruiting front these days. Over this past weekend, Rhoden added Tulane to the field of teams that have offered him a scholarship, which is already headlined by Dayton, Penn State, Rhode Island, the aforementioned Pirates, Temple and VCU.

The interesting part about Rhoden’s recruiting in terms of Oregon State, is that he’s one of the Beavers few recruiting targets on the east coast, that at this stage in the game has been contacted by mostly regional schools. While it’s a good sign for the Beavers that they are in Rhoden’s ear before most other Power-5 teams, it may be quite the endeavor to convince the three-star wing to come westward. However, it could be the sign of a new recruiting focus for Tinkle and his staff, who may need another outlet to compliment their competition-heavy pipelines in California and Washington.


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

A long-time target of the Beavers for the 2018 class, regional prospect Emmitt Matthews Jr. has always been a player that head coach Wayne Tinkle would love to see in black and orange in the near future. And while the rising senior has been fairly quiet about his future college plans up to this point, that hasn’t stopped the 6’ 7” guard/forward from racking up the scholarship offers along the way, including his most recent one, which came on Sunday from Seton Hall.

The inclusion of the Big East school to Matthews’ list of potential suitors, which already includes the Beavers, as well as Boise State, Montana, Portland State, Washington, Washington State and Wichita State, could be the first sign of the three-star talent developing into a nationally recognized recruit. For Oregon State’s sake, that won’t bode well in a recruiting battle that’s now heating up by the day. It seems that Matthews’ strong summer for AAU team Washington Supreme (Under Armour) has worked wonders for his stock, meaning the Beavers should begin to ramp up their pursuit of the crafty and versatile swingman in a hurry.