After a promising 17-14 campaign last season, Oregon State will start the 2015-16 season shorthanded.
Multiple players on the Beavers’ roster are currently sidelined, including two seniors. Freshman guard Kendal Manuel is also expected to miss the season and redshirt following a broken leg.
The latest injury to Oregon State came during Monday’s practice as head coach Wayne Tinkle announced that senior Daniel Gomis would miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. Another senior forward, Jarmal Reid, is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot.
These early-season injuries certainly won’t help the Beavers, but Gomis and Reid were role players and the team has plenty of returning talent. All five starters return for the Beavers and they bring in a top-20 recruiting class.
After beginning his college career at Tulsa, 6-foot-8 small forward Keondre Dew transferred to the City College of San Francisco. Dew has been recruited by a host of high-major programs since his move back to the west coast, and Sunday afternoon the CCSF basketball program announced that Dew has verbally committed to Oregon State.
Dew becomes Wayne Tinkle’s third commitment in the Class of 2016, joining combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin and power forward Ben Koné in Oregon State’s 2016 recruiting class to date. Dew’s verbal pledge comes on the heels of his official visit to Oregon State this weekend.
The San Bernardino, California native didn’t see much playing time in his lone season at Tulsa, playing an average of 5.5 minutes per game in 21 appearances for the Golden Hurricane.
Oregon State will lose five scholarship seniors at the end of the 2015-16 season, including wings Jarmal Reid and Langston Morris-Walker. The addition of the versatile Dew should help the Beavers account for those personnel losses while also supplementing what holdovers such as current freshman Tres Tinkle will bring to the table.
Back in September 2013 four-star guard JaQuori McLaughlin verbally committed to Oregon State as a high school sophomore, only to reopen his recruitment a few months later following the firing of then-head coach Craig Robinson. Two years later, McLaughlin has decided that Corvallis is the place for him after all, as on Friday he verbally committed to Wayne Tinkle’s program.
McLaughlin (Gig Harbor, Washington), who committed to Washington last November before reopening his recruitment in the spring, also considered Utah and Washington as options this time around.
The 6-foot-4 lefty can play either on or off the ball, which should mesh well with the guards Oregon State will have when he arrives on campus (Stephen Thompson Jr., Derrick Bruce, Kendal Manuel and Malcolm Duvivier among those players). And with his length and athleticism, McLaughlin could potentially have an impact for the Beavers defensively as well.
With Oregon State due to lose Gary Payton II, who was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, adding McLaughlin is an important move for the program. McLaughlin is Oregon State’s second commitment in the Class of 2016, joining three-star power forward Ben Kone’.