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Oregon State Basketball: An Updated Look At The 2018-2019 Roster

There’s been some late additions to add to the mysterious mix heading into next season.

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Who’s Gone

  • Seth Berger (Graduation)
  • Drew Eubanks (Turned Pro)
  • Ben Kone (Transfer)
  • Kendal Manuel (Transfer-Montana)
  • Tanner Sanders (Retirement)
  • Ronnie Stacy (Graduation)

The good news for Oregon State is that forward Drew Eubanks questionable early departure from school might end up being the only real missed contributor from this list in the bigger picture. Graduate transfer Seth Berger, while a fan-favorite for his hard play, was a minimal producer consistently and guards like Kendal Manuel and Ronnie Stacy’s departure simply clear the way for some newer pieces to make their mark. Sure, it’s hard to bury the idea that Eubanks left, especially after his quiet draft night, but the Beavers should be alright on the departure front.

Who’s Coming Back

  • Alfred Hollins (Sophomore)
  • Gligorije Rakocevic (Senior)
  • Zach Reichle (Sophomore)
  • Ethan Thompson (Sophomore)
  • Tres Tinkle (RS Junior)
  • Stephen Thompson Jr. (Senior)

This is where the Beavers become a bit more likable. Most teams in the Pac-12 don’t return anything close to the combination of Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr., in terms of the fact that both can legitimately become all-league type of players. That strong mix of talent and veteran leadership is just what head coach Wayne Tinkle needs to guide a more inexperience group around them. Gligorije Rakocevic will be who he is on the interior and Oregon State has stars in waiting in Ethan Thompson and Alfred Hollins. Beaver Nation should be excited about this group.

Who’s New

  • Kylor Kelley (Junior)
  • Warren Washington (Freshman)
  • Jack Wilson (Freshman)
  • Jordan Campbell (Freshman)
  • Antoine Vernon (Freshman)

And here’s where it all gets interesting for Oregon State. Originally, this 2018 recruiting haul was composed of towering Jack Wilson, a long-time commit to the program, seven-footer Kylor Kelley, a true many of mystery, and Warren Washington, an excitable swingman and for the most part, the group was unheralded. Then, within the last few months, Wayne Tinkle added Jordan Campbell and Antoine Vernon to the mix and well, it’s somewhat solid now. It’s unknown who will fit where from day one but overall, this is a better unit than we’ve seen Oregon State bring in for some time.

Projected Depth Chart

G: Stephen Thompson Jr. / Jordan Campbell / Antoine Vernon

G: Ethan Thompson / Zach Reichle

W: Alfred Hollins / Warren Washington

F: Tres Tinkle / Kylor Kelley

C: Gligorije Rakocevic / Jack Wilson

Wayne Tinkle will have two key decisions to make, that include deciding if he’ll play a traditional line-up with a center like Rakocevic or Wilson on a nightly basis and what in tarnation he’ll do at the point guard spot. Stephen Thompson Jr. excels better without the ball in his hands (as does brother Ethan), which means Tinkle could roll the dice and slide a player like Campbell or Vernon into that role from the get-go. However, Alfred Hollins could be the left-out man if that happens, as Ethan Thompson will slide down deeper into the wing spot and possibly overtake his role.