Oestreicher Reaches Early Decision

Derek Oestreicher is off the board. The 6-foot-10 Class of 2006 standout visited Valpo last weekend and then made a decision.

Derek Oestreicher (pronounced A-striker) is headed to New Mexico. Todd Franklin, the head coach at Redding (Calif.) Liberty Christian confirmed that his standout junior recently picked the Lobos.

Oestreicher, a 6-foot-10, 230 pound big man averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action last season.

"The strength of his game is that at 6-foot-10 he can step out and hit the 15-to-18 footer consistently," Franklin said. "The college coaches like his footwork too."

They probably also like the fact that the young man recently turned 16, doesn't have his driver's license and conceivably could get even bigger. Depending on how New Mexico elects to use him, according to Franklin, he might even take a redshirt year.

"His worth ethic is unbelievable. I had this slogan "If you call I'm come" and I had no idea someone would call me every Sunday the past two years! As a coach, you love it when your best players are also your hardest workers."

Speaking of hard workers, the New Mexico staff worked Oestreicher with tremendous intensity. Valparaiso, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Washington showed the most interest but the Lobos made the greatest impression. Scout.com projects Oestreicher as a high-major prospect so the Lobos have themselves a fine pre-spring commitment.

"They did it by having great coaches and great character and integrity," Franklin said. "Derek liked the fit, had a blast on his visit and loved it."

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