HOOPS: Beavs go big with verbal, stay local

BASKETBALL RECRUITING IS national, and international, but Oregon State struck with their first 2012 commit on early Thursday morning -- nd they stayed local. Indeed, Craig Robinson and company went in-state to start their class, reeling in 6-foot-10, 230-pound center Maika Ostling out of Dayton High.

Maika Ostling, who plays with Team Jones on the spring and summer circuit, is the Beavers first commitment in the 2012 class.

He was averaging 11.6 ppg and 7.4 rebounds through Wednesday's games.

Ostling has been rising in recruiting circles, drawing interest from several major college programs. The News Register recently tabbed one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state.

Still, a quick check shown not much film is out there on him yet -- here's one quick clip: Click here.

Dayton ilooks to be one to watch for hoops fans as the playoffs near -- by Christmastime this season, the Ostling-led 3A school had already beaten a 6A team and two 4A teams by a combined average of 13 points. Dayton was the runner-up in the OSAA 3A State Championships last year.

Evan Daniels, Scout.com Hoops Analyst contributed to this story.

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