Pac-10 Preview: #10 Oregon State

I spoke with Jay John over the summer and asked him if there was any reason to rank the Beavers higher than 10th. He said he expected that they would be ranked last and if he didn't know better he would do the same thing. He said that this team could surprise people if things went well. Despite the warning, the numbers indicate otherwise…

We used a ranking of 1-10 in eight categories to determine the rankings.

Oregon State

Center

Derek Potter/Kevin Field

4.0

Power Forward

David Lucas

7.0

Small Forward

Kenny Hooks/A. Tsagarakis

5.0

Shooting Guard

J.S. Nash

6.5

Point Guard

Lamar Hurd

6.5

Coach

Jay John

7.5

Bench

Remmers, Stephens, 6

Newcomers

5.0

Newcomers

Liam Hughes, Kyle Jeffers

Michael Johnson, etc…

6.5

TOTALS

48.0

Strengths: The Beavers return some promising young players including David Lucas who could emerge as one of the better players in the Pac-10…OSU's six-man recruiting class has a lot of promise despite not being highly regarded…Jay John expects success and has a chance to make a name for himself if he turns things around in Corvallis.

Weaknesses: This team lacks experience; there are no seniors on the roster and six newcomers join three sophs and four are juniors…The three leading scorers from last season are gone. With the loss of Jimmie Haywood, Philip Ricci and Brain Jackson, the Beavers lose 40.0 points per game…There are huge questions at center and small forward…The team will rely on freshmen.

Outlook: This team is built for the future. If John can get his freshmen ready as fast as his mentor has, the Beavers could be better than 10th. It looks like this team is a year away from being very interesting. Even with some surprises, a post season appearance seems unlikely.

Quote: "This is an exciting time for this program," said John. "We are young, no doubt about it, but we also have athleticism that we didn't have last season. This is truly a transitional year for Oregon State basketball."

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