Ethan Thompson

Breaking down Oregon State's two signees in 2017

Oregon State is set to sign two 2017 prospects on Wednesday. Scout breaks down what Beavers fans can expect from both players.

Ethan Thompson gives Oregon State one of the most productive wings on the West Coast. The younger brother of Oregon State sophomore Stephen Thompson Jr. and son of Beavers assistant Stephen Thompson, Sr., the youngest Thompson is a player who can be expected to eventually put up big numbers in Corvallis.

Thompson is a wing with good size who will be able to play both the two and three for the Beavers. He's an efficient scorer from midrange and in, while he's a roughly career 30% shooter from three in AAU games and other summer events, per DraftExpress, a number we expect Thompson to improve on with strength and reps in college.

The four-star prospect also has upside on defense, as his size and decent length should allow him to guard multiple positions on the perimeter.

Scout's 53rd ranked prospect, Thompson is a player who should be able to enter his college career as a piece to the puzzle and exit it as an all-league guy.

Not that there was a whole lot of suspense in this recruitment, but landing a talent like Thompson was still a big deal for head coach Wayne Tinkle and company.

A three-star prospect on Scout, it would be easy to overlook Zach Reichle's commitment, but the bottom line is he's a player who we expect to have a very nice career in Corvallis.

Like Thompson, Reichle has the size and versatility to play both wing positions at the next level; his prowess as a shooter really gives him the ability to play anywhere on the perimeter besides point guard.

Per DraftExpress, Reichle shot 43.2% from three this summer on the AAU circuit, which is a pretty accurate depiction of what kind of shooter he is. However, it's not just his shooting that makes Reichle a promising player. He has a respectable handle, a very high basketball IQ, plays hard and rebounds well for the position.

Tinkle isn't afraid to run a zone defense, which should aid Reichle even more on that side of the court.

Overall, this was a good commitment for Oregon State and a nice two-man class, with two prospects who should really bolster the Beavers' perimeter.

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