Warith Alatishe (9.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG) - Alatishe became one of the team’s most crucial pieces during their run to the Elite Eight, as a nightly double-double threat who can also bring serious versatility on the defensive end. The 6’ 7” forward is one of those guys who you never have to run a play for, but can impact the game by doing a little bit of everything else on the court each game.
Rorigue Andela (4.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG) - A tough interior presence who usually helps out Oregon State mightily on the boards, Andela had an up-and-down 2019-2020 campaign, which was usually directly correlated to his time on the floor. When he saw valuable minutes like in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal against Oregon, he rewarded Coach Tinkle with 13 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Maurice Calloo (5.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG) - It’s almost hard to fathom Calloo’s pedestrian stats for the season, considering like Alatishe, he was such a useful contributor down the stretch for the Beavers. If the former Oklahoma State transfer continues to produce at the level he did in that portion of the campaign, he could be the team’s best forward this winter, especially with an improved perimeter game.
Gianni Hunt (5.2 PPG, 2.7 APG) - Hunt has been a bit of a wildcard for Wayne Tinkle and company, as he’s filled the point guard role at times, but has yet to prove himself as a long-term solution at the spot. His assists numbers look alright in the big scheme of things, yet if he can’t score regularly without a player like Ethan Thompson in the mix, it may be more and more difficult to log regular minutes.
Isaiah Johnson (1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG) - The third lowest scorer on the team in 2019-2020, in front of only walk-on Joey Potts and swingman Julien Franklin, there wasn’t too much to be seen from Johnson during last season. At 6’ 6”, 210 pounds, he has the frame to develop into an undersized four-man but without a true outside game offensively, he’ll need to add strength to thrive on the interior.
Jarod Lucas (12.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG) - Lucas proved he was ready to step into the spotlight last year, as many times throughout the season, he even overshadowed Ethan Thompson as the Beavers most reliable offensive talent. He’s a deadeye shooter who will only develop more with the ball in his hands, especially as a playmaker that leads the offense. Lucas is also an underrated rebounder and passer as well.
The Division I Transfers
Dexter Akanno (Marquette) - A scarcely used player during his time with the Golden Eagles, Akanno is one of the biggest enigmas heading into Oregon State’s next season. After redshirting the 2019-2020 campaign to focus on adjusting to the college game, Akanno averaged just 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds per game in 12 contests for Marquette in 2020-2021. He should enter his time in Corvallis with something to prove as he gets a fresh start in a new location.
Xzavier Malone-Key (Fairleigh Dickinson) - A transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson who began his career at Rider, Malone-Key is a 6’ 4”, 190-pound guard who opted to sit out the 2020-2021 campaign for the Knights. However, if he can return to his 2019-2020 form, when he averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest, all while shooting an impressive 48.1% from the field, he should be an impact talent for the Beavers.
Chol Marial (Maryland) - At 7’ 2”, 230 pounds, Marial is the type of transfer who will be hard to miss on the court for Oregon State, hopefully for all the right reasons. The former four-star recruit struggled with injuries during his two seasons at Maryland, forcing him to average just 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 30 games over the course of two seasons. He should anchor the Beavers frontcourt with his imposing frame.
Ahmad Rand (Memphis) - An athletic 6’ 8” upperclassmen, don’t be fooled by Rand’s lack of scoring in his 18 minutes of playing time this past year for Memphis. There’s much more to his game than meets the eye. As a former outside-looking-in guy with the Tigers, he may find his niche with the Beavers at a vacant wing position. Of course, developing more of a perimeter game will only help his cause.
Tre Williams (Minnesota) - Williams will join Oregon State after averaging 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and shooting 40.4% from the field in 27 appearances last year for the Golden Gophers. Far from a finished product, the 6’ 5” guard is a streaky perimeter shooter who simply needs to add more consistency to his game. With a new home, he might just find the change in scenery he’s been looking for.
The JUCO/High School Recruits
Dashawn Davis (Trinity Valley CC) - A 6’ 3”, 180 pound guard, Davis signed with the Beavers out of Trinity Valley CC in Texas, where he led the Cardinals with 21.3 points, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game during the 2020-2021 campaign. Davis is a savvy offensive player who will need to adjust out of the junior college style to Division I, but if he continues smart shot selection, he can be a plug-and-play guy for Oregon State.
Glenn Taylor Jr (Compass Prep) - A four-star recruit who plays at Compass Prep in Arizona, Taylor Jr. is hoping to come in and fill that void at the wing spot, which has been looming since Alfred Hollins opted to exit the program early in the 2020-2021 season. He’s a natural slasher with some creative finishing abilities around the hoop, while also encompassing the ability to be a pest at times on the defensive end of the floor.
The Guys Who Left
Transfers: Julien Franklin (Cal Poly), Tariq Silver (Austin Peay), Dearon Tucker (Indiana State)
Graduation: Zach Reichle (Can Return), Roman Silva (Can Return), Ethan Thompson (Leaving)