As the days roll by on campus, students are preparing for midterms and the final stretches of fall are among us. But most importantly, college basketball is quickly dawning upon us, as well.
This season’s men’s basketball roster hosts a number of juniors and seniors looking to blossom into a mature team, as Wayne Tinkle’s first recruiting class are seniors a la Stevie Thompson and Big G.. Stevie Thompson, a pure shooter and pace maker, looks to have a spectacular season as he laces up for one more year with younger brother Ethan.
Tres Tinkle, recently added on the national radar among those named on the watch list for the Julius Erving top small forwards, looks to prove that he deserves his place alongside the best players in the country.
Ethan Thompson will assume the point guard spot and will be backed up by newcomers Jordan Campbell and Antoine Vernon.
The Bears are especially deep in the post, with 7-1 transfer Kylor Kelley (Northwest Christian University) and the dynamic duo of Warren Washington and Jack Wilson.
Zach Reichle and Issac Barnes enter their second year with the program, looking to add more experience and depth to the bench.
Alfred Hollins will be the x-factor this season as he can score from anywhere on the court and Payton Dastrup transfers from BYU looking to be the big brother of the team.
Introducing your 2018-2019 Oregon State Beavers!
Tres Tinkle - Returns as the alpha dog of the team, adds a more consistent shot for his junior year, has been working with San Diego based trainer Breen Weeks over the offseason, add this to his knack for getting to the basket and finishing and you have one of the best upperclassmen on the West Coast as well as PAC-12
Stevie Thompson - Returns for his senior season after a great junior year, looks to cap off a great career for Beavs, big shot Steve looks to play the two guard this season while younger brother Ethan takes off the load by playing more point guard.
Ethan Thompson - Comes off a great freshman campaign averaging 9.9 points per game as well as over 2 assists. Played in the Drew League over the summer with older brother Stevie. Looks to handle the ball at point guard this summer. Success will start and end of Ethan as his play-making skills will be tested.
Kyllor Kelley - Looks to compete immediately for significant minutes at center, 7-1 frame along with athleticism, ball handling, and shooting will help Beavs in the post against the elite big men in the conference.
Warren Washington - Perhaps the most athletic big men of the bunch, runs the floor like a guard and has a nice touch of moves around the basket. If he can add a nice range from 18 to 20 feet out, will be a formidable force to years to come.
Alfred Hollins - Athletic sharp shooting 6-6 forward looks to start for the Beavs. Played with DeAndre Ayton at Hillcrest Prepmin high school, so he knows how to play in a system. Exciting year for the sophomore from San Francisco.
Jordan Campbell - Hard nosed 6-3 guard from Victorville knows how to get in the lane and has a variety of ways of finishing. Could play dynamic minutes coming in at the point guard to provide additional spark from the Bench.
Jack Wilson - Traditional big man that has solid post moves as well as face up moves. Good footwork as well as size, Jack will split minutes with Kyllor to give Big G some more support in the front court.
Gligorjije Rakocevic - Projected starter at center for the Beavs, looks to bring in experience and presence and set the tone for the younger big men. One of the more experienced bigs in the Pac-12 as the senior looks to get out of shadow of Drew Eubanks.
Zach Reichle - Wilsonville product has added more muscle to his frame which will add to his overall game. Had a good run of minutes last season, playing in the PAC-12 tournament. Looks to log more minutes and be another shooter that the Beavs can rely on.
Antoine Vernon - One of the top players in Canada last season, the hard-working, play making, team orientated point guard looks to fight for minutes at the 1. Judges himself through wins, which tells you enough about the freshman.
Kyle Blaser - Walk-on from Newport will being more depth in the backcourt and bring an intensity to practice that the Beavs need. Scored 1,600 points in his four year career for Newport High.
Issac Barnes - Redshirt freshman from Pittsburgh, long arms and solid frame, gets a majority of his points from offensive rebounds, good finisher, looks to be energy player for Beavs during stretches.
Payton Dastrup - Junior transfer from BYU, brings experience and wisdom as he spent time overseas as a part of his mission, can play inside as well as shoot from the perimeter, looks to come in and play immediate minutes as well as he the vocal leader of the squad.