A bit of a surprising move in terms of Oregon State basketball’s plans for next season, forward Payton Dastrup announced his intention to leave the Beavers program on Tuesday and transfer to NAIA school Benedictine University.
To Beaver Nation, my coaches, and my teammates: Thank you My memories as a Beaver will forever stay with me, and i am grateful for all you have done for me during my time in Corvallis. I am proud to announce my commitment to Coach Schafer and BenU Mesa, Go Redhawks!! ️ pic.twitter.com/df4mR2XBJd— Payton Dastrup (@PDastrup) April 8, 2020
Dastrup, a veteran piece who joined Oregon State after transferring in from BYU in 2018, saw action in 17 games this past season, after sitting out the 2018-2019 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. He played a minimal role for the 18-13 Beavers, averaging just 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest in 5.6 minutes of court-time.
Overall, Dastrup is not an irreplaceable piece, but his departure does add to the mystery surrounding Oregon State’s front-court going forward. With Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley having graduated, Oregon State’s only returning true forwards from last year’s roster will be Roman Silva and Dearon Tucker, who combined averaged just 10.5 minutes per game. Junior college transfer Rodrigue Andela is the program’s only interior piece in the team’s current 2020 recruiting class.
The Beavers have targeted just one forward in their stretch of uncharacteristic busyness on the transfer market, offering another junior college talent in former Oklahoma State big man Maurice Calloo.