Before this season, chances are if you asked someone who the coach of Oregon State was, they either wouldn't know, or they'd respond with something like, "uhhhh, President Obama's brother-in-law". That's a pretty fair representation of Craig Robinson's tenure, truth be told. Oregon State isn't an illustrious basketball program, by any means, but Robinson failed to get them as high as the NIT. He led them to four CBI's in six seasons, and never finished with a conference record over .500.
On May 5 of this year, Oregon State decided it was time for a change, and let Robinson go. Their hire? A man who took Montana to three NCAA Tournaments in eight years, Wayne Tinkle. This is one of the biggest classes we've covered since starting these rankings, though for four of the five players, you'll be directed back to what I wrote about them when they comitted. Oregon State's class is also third in the conference on 247Sports, and 16th in the nation. Let's take a more in-depth look at the five signees.
Tres TInkle, Stephen Thompson, Jr, & Derrick Bruce
Until one (or all) of them leave Oregon State, these three will be grouped together because they all committed at the same time. Tinkle is the son if Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, Stephen Thompson, Jr. is the son of Beavers assistant Stephen Thompson. Derrick Bruce's father isn't on the staff, but he definitely wanted to play with Tinkle and STJ. For more on each of these three, refer back to what I wrote about them the day they committed.
Eubanks, a three star power forward from Troutdale, Oregon is the best player in Oregon per 247Sports. He'll also be playing baseball for the Beavers. I wrote more about him here when he originally committed. Check it out.
Rakocevic, a three star center from Montebello, California is a bit of a work in progress. He just came to the United States last year from Montenegro. In addition to Oregon State, he was offered by Washington State, UTEP, Hawaii, and Cal-State Northridge. He averaged a bit over 10 points per game last season. Below is his highlight video.
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