This weekend was another busy one for the Oregon State basketball program, as head coach Wayne Tinkle extended scholarship offers to two new 2019 targets in forward Victor Iwuakor and swingman Cole Bajema.
These two offers came just days after three-star guard Jarod Lucas committed to the program.
Iwuakor is a 6’ 7”, 210 pound forward from Sulphur Springs High School (Sulphur Springs, Texas), who is one of the summer circuit’s hottest rising prospects. This off-season alone, Iwuakor has picked up offers from Illinois, Florida, LSU, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma, UTEP and Houston, to add to a list of potential suitors that already included the likes of Texas A&M, Tulane and Tulsa.
Blessed to receive an offer from university of Oregon State pic.twitter.com/IAr5eIN5Ks— Victor Iwuakor (@solid_2500) July 28, 2018
As for Bajema, the 6’ 7” swingman plays for Lynden Christian High School (Lynden, Washington) and is currently balling out for “Friends of Hoop” in Las Vegas. 247 Sports gave this recap of his recent performances in Sin City, as well as a quick rundown of his current recruiting situation.
Bajema has been one of the top breakout prospects in the west in 2019. He has good size for the position, is very physically immature with plenty of room to get stronger and has an impressive skill set. Bajema has range to three with his jumper, can really pass it, has a respectable handle and is pretty good athlete. There’s a lot of untapped potential with Bajema, who is quickly emerging as a big time sleeper.
Recruiting: Bajema holds offers from Eastern Washington, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Pepperdine, with interest from Idaho, Michigan, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State, amongst others.
Iwuakor and Bajema join a solid list of talents on the Beavers 2019 recruiting board, which also includes Kenyon Martin, Jr., Orlando Robinson, Jr., Jonathan Salazar and P.J. Fuller.
Currently, Oregon State has two verbal commits in the group in the aforementioned Lucas, as well as shooting guard Julien Franklin.
One name missing from the previous group of 2019 targets for Wayne Tinkle’s program is now four-star point guard Ethan Anderson, who committed to UNLV earlier this month.
As for Oregon State’s 2018 class, the last outlier to potentially be added to the roster is former Northwestern commit Jordan Lathon, who is being regarded as one of the recruiting world’s biggest mysteries at the moment. A 6’ 4”, 175 pound guard from Grandview, Missouri, Lathon strangely had his admission to Northwestern revoked in late May, leading to a reopening of the prospect’s recruiting. Texas Tech and SMU are reported front-runners for his services next season, but Lathon also holds offers from more than twenty other schools as well.