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Oregon State Basketball: A Mid-May Look At The 2019-2020 Roster

We’re still months and months away from Oregon State basketball. But what does the roster look like at this moment?

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Who’s Definitely Gone

  • Jordan Campbell (2.0 PPG, Transfer - Fresno State)
  • Gligorije Rakocevic (5.2 PPG, Graduation)
  • Stephen Thompson Jr. (16.1 PPG, Graduation)
  • Warren Washington (1.3 PPG, Transfer - Undecided)
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Stephen Thompson Jr. is truly an irreplaceable piece for Oregon State.
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The Skinny: It was never going to be easy for Oregon State to plug the voids left by Stephen Thompson Jr., one of the program’s most underrated pieces of the modern era, and fan-favorite big man Gligorije Rakocevic on the interior, but the loss of both guard Jordan Campbell and forward Warren Washington to transfer won’t help. Campbell struggled to find consistent time during his rookie season but has a very solid, athletic-based ceiling, while Washington’s departure was unprecedented and leaves the Beavers front-court razor thin.

Who Might Be Gone

  • Ethan Thompson (13.7 PPG, 2019 NBA Draft)
  • Tres Tinkle (20.8 PPG, 2019 NBA Draft)
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The Beavers will need both Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson to return for the 2019-2020 campaign.
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The Skinny: The good news here is that both Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson are projected to return to school, as neither of the two prospects received invites to the 2019 NBA Draft combine. Tinkle, despite being a strong contender for the Pac-12 Player of the Year for most of last season, still needs to become a more consistent perimeter shooter and has to make consistent strides at the defensive end. For Thompson, he has the needed potential down the line, but this trial of the NBA process is to discover just what he needs to improve on.

Who’s Definitely Back

  • Isaac Barnes (0.0 PPG, Walk-On)
  • Kyle Blaser (0.0 PPG, Walk-On)
  • Eli Glenzel (0.0 PPG, Walk-On)
  • Alfred Hollins (4.8 PPG)
  • Kylor Kelley (7.7 PPG)
  • Zach Reichle (3.5 PPG)
  • Antoine Vernon (1.8 PPG)
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Kylor Kelley developed into one of the best defensive talents in all of college basketball last season.
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The Skinny: This is where things look a bit cloudy in Corvallis. Center Kylor Kelley has become one of the biggest defensive menaces in the league and has earned his right to anchor the team on the inside for next season. However, after that, the questions are plentiful and ranging. Swingman Alfred Hollins and off-guard Zach Reichle have shown glimpses of filling larger roles, but overall, the production just hasn’t been there. If there’s a piece that needs to take advantage of a door left ajar, it’s definitely all-around effort guard Antoine Vernon.

Who’s New To The Mix

  • Payton Dastrup (Transfer - BYU)
  • Julien Franklin (Villa Park, CA / Villa Park High School)
  • Gianni Hunt (Torrance, CA / Bishop Montgomery High School)
  • Jarod Lucas (Hacienda Heights, CA / Los Altos High School)
  • Sean Miller-Moore (Transfer - Moberly Area Community College)
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The Beavers point guard situation is a toss-up. Gianni Hunt may become a likeable figure on the depth chart.
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The Skinny: Like just about every other team in the country, Oregon State is extremely optimistic about this batch of new additions, which is composed of a trio of three-star recruits and two notable transfers. Sean Miller Moore, a late addition to the Beavers 2019 class, could be the missing piece that the program needed at the wing spot and former BYU forward Payton Dastrup will give the team needed depth on the interior. Incoming freshmen Gianni Hunt, Jarod Lucas and Julien Franklin should all have instant impact in an open rotation back-court.

Projected Depth Chart

  • G: Ethan Thompson / Gianni Hunt / Antoine Vernon
  • G: Jarod Lucas / Zach Reichle / Kyle Blaser (WO)
  • W: Sean Miller-Moore / Alfred Hollins / Julien Franklin
  • F: Tres Tinkle / Payton Dastrup / Eli Glenzel (WO)
  • C: Kylor Kelley / Isaac Barnes (WO)
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Alfred Hollins might have some fierce competition for his starting spot from JUCO transfer Sean Miller-Moore.
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The Skinny: I’m taking the chance here that Miller-Moore is as good as advertised and that he could overtake Alfred Hollins at the wing spot, who hasn’t developed quite like most fans expected. If Wayne Tinkle hands Ethan Thompson the point guard reigns, then Jarod Lucas could split-time, along with Zach Reichle and maybe Julien Franklin, off the ball. Inside, things look pretty chalk, with Tres Tinkle expected to anchor the front-court as one of the league’s most exciting talents, with Kylor Kelley holding it all together as arguably the best defender in the Pac-12.