NCB On The Trail: Oregon State Beavers

Oregon State lands two ESPN 100's

November, 13, 2014
New Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle signed four players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including two ESPN 100 prospects, the school announced.

Joining the Beavers in 2015 will be ESPN 100 small forward Tres Tinkle (No. 77 overall), who is Wayne's son, ESPN 100 shooting guard Stephen Thompson Jr. (No. 69), the son of Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Sr., along with four-star center Drew Eubanks and three-star point guard Derrick Bruce.

"We are very excited that we can finally comment on the recruits," Coach Tinkle told the school's website. "A lot of work went into this recruiting class. People are going to be excited for more than just what they see on the court; they'll discover what each of these individuals stands for and the kind of character they have."

Tinkle and his staff are expecting a fifth letter of intent from two star center Gligorije Rakocevic before the early signing period concludes on Wednesday.

Best of the Orlando AAU events 

July, 30, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. -- College coaches swarmed the courts of ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex and surrounding areas last week for the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase. Over the course of five days, more than 1,000 coaches got to evaluate prospects of all levels as some of the nation’s best AAU teams descended on Central Florida after qualifying by winning their respective districts.

Here’s a look at a multitude of players who impressed in Orlando, including ESPN 100 difference-makers, prospects with the most untapped potential and recruits with the brightest futures.

ESPN 100 Program Difference-makers

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
2014, PG, 6-1, 170
AAU: Howard Pulley
Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State
Jones' court vision, passing and decision-making are just a few reasons he’s special. The way he makes plays off the screen and roll is beyond his years. He also knocks down open shots and makes free throws when the game is on the line.

Georgia center commits to Oregon State

July, 23, 2013
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson landed his first commitment from the 2014 class on Monday night with a pledge from center Isaiah Manderson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), multiple sources are reporting.

The 6-foot-10 Manderson chose the Beavers over Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn.

Washington adds SF Dorsey for 2014

July, 9, 2013
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar landed his second 2014 recruit in less than a week on Monday when small forward Donaven Dorsey (Lacey, Wash./Timberline) picked the Huskies. Multiple sources are reporting the news.

The 6-foot-6, three-star wing chose UW over Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon State.

"It's a big relief," Dorsey told The Olympian. "I'm very excited to become a Dawg."

Dorsey joins PF Tristan Etienne (Abbotsford, B.C./Mouat), who committed to Washington on July 4.

Marquette lands four-star forward 

June, 26, 2013
Power forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) verbally committed to Marquette on Wednesday, has confirmed.

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Beavers sign Canadian guard

May, 17, 2013
Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson announced the signing of shooting guard Malcolm Duvivier (Toronto/St. Thomas Aquinas) on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2 Duvivier was originally expected to be recruited in the 2014 class.

"Our recruitment of Malcolm was initially for the 2014 class, but when a scholarship came open for 2013, we both reevaluated our strategies and decided that 2013 worked for both our needs," Robinson said. "We had Malcolm and his mom, Jennifer, in for a visit and we were fortunate enough to sign him. He and (signee) Hallice Cooke have already been in contact and are very excited about playing together."

Cooke (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony's) and Duvivier join C Cheikh N'diaye (San Diego/Army & Navy) in the Beavers' 2013 class.