Pac-12 Preview: Oregon State

Oregon State continues to work to improve, but needs to start showing it on the court. Read on for a preview of the Beavers this season.

Coach: Craig Robinson 73-84 overall, 43-56 at Ore. St.

Key Losses: G Calvin Haynes, F/C Omari Johnson, G Lathan Wallace

The Beavers lose a lot of experience but not a lot of production. Johnson, the team's leading rebounder, is arguably the biggest loss while Haynes was a capable but erratic scorer.


G: 6'4" Jr. Jared Cunningham 29.2MPG 14.2PPG 2.8 SPG 36 % Three-Point Percentage

PG: 5'8" Soph. Ahmad Starks 22 MPG 7.8 PPG 1.5 APG 32% Three-Point Percentage

G: 6'3 Soph. Roberto Nelson 17.4 MPG 7.5 PPG 32% Three-Point Percentage

PF/C: 6'8" Jr. Joe Burton 25.8MPG 7 PPG 5.6RPG 1.2 SPG

C: 6'10" Jr. Angus Brandt 16 MPG

Strengths: Ex-ASU commit Jared Cunningham is a player who could become a nationally known commodity. The highest rated recruit of the Craig Robinson tenure, it would not be a surprise to see Cunningham score at a much higher clip than his 14.2 average of a year ago. Big man Burton is a skilled bruiser who had a promising sophomore campaign and appears capable of double-double potential.

Question Marks: Do The Beavers Have The Overall Talent To Compete, Can Nelson deliver

-Outside of a few players, there is very little talent on the roster. Will a second option emerge to compliment Cunningham?

- Much has been made of Nelson's scoring prowess in practice. With Oregon St lacking firepower, it will be incumbent on Nelson to translate his talent to actual game situations.


Short-Term Future: Don't be surprised if Jared Cunningham becomes the most accomplished player in recent OSU history.

This is a very important season for Craig Robinson. The Beavers have gotten worse every year under Robinson, and improvement will be expected. While it will be a struggle against much of the conference, this might be Robinson's best team.

Long-Term Future: The direction of the program might hinge on this season. Coach Robinson's job could be in jeopardy if his team doesn't surpass expectations.

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