Bruce joins the fold, commits to Oregon State

Derrick Bruce, a 6-foot-3 guard, was one of three prospects that committed to Oregon State on Tuesday. Bruce broke down his decision with

Derrick Bruce didn’t need much time to make up his mind.

Just a few days after returning from his official visit to Oregon State, Bruce, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard, committed to Wayne Tinkle and the Beavers.

Bruce, a standout at Delray Beach (Fla.) Elev8 Prep, confirmed the news to

“They really want me,” Bruce told “They have been recruiting me for a while now and they made it a priority to try and get me.”

“On my visit I feel in love with the school, coaching staff, and more important me Drew [Eubanks], Tres [Tinkle] and Stephen [Thompson Jr.] clicked so good it felt like I've known them for years.”

To go with Bruce’s commitment, Tinkle and Thompson Jr. also committed on Tuesday. Bruce reiterated that Oregon State’s 2015 recruiting class was a major factor in his decision-making.

“I just met Drew and Tinkle on my visit, but I played in a camp with Stephen before,” Bruce said. “They’re really cool people.”

“I like that were going to go in there and have the chance to turn it around and do big things and make history in the program,” he added.

Bruce also considered strong interest from Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Hawaii, LMU and Long Beach State.

Playing for Inland Empire on the spring and summer circuit, Bruce showed promise as a lead guard. He has a long, wiry frame, possesses good speed and is a good long-range shooter. Bruce is currently ranked as the No. 23 point guard in the 2015 class.

With the addition of Bruce, Tinkle and Thompson Jr., Oregon State now has four pledges in 2015. They join top 100 recruit Drew Eubanks. Oregon State currently has a top 10 recruiting class in 2015.

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