HOOPS: Moreland is staying

OREGON STATE's basketball prospects got a bounce on Tuesday when Eric Moreland announced that he will stay in Corvallis and not enter the NBA Draft.

Eric Moreland, a 6-10 sophomore, said the range of projections from the NBA were from early in the second round to undrafted. That led Moreland in large part to make the decision to stay at OSU.

Moreland said he also consulted with Jared Cunningham, a first round draft pick last season.

At 235 pounds, considered undersized for the NBA frontcourt, Moreland decided the best thing for him was to stay and help try to turn things around for Oregon State, with the Beavs coming off a 14-18 record. The goal continues to be getting to the NCAA Tournament.

Moreland averaged 10.6 rebounds per game for Oregon State this past season, placing him in the nation's top ten. His 2.52 blocked shots per game were in the top 25.

Oregon State head man Craig Robinson said his litmus test is the same as it has always been -- advising a player to go pro if the evaluation is a first round pick because of the guaranteed money. Otherwise, Robinson says a player's best option is not to leave early.

Oregon State's new practice facility is scheduled to open June 11.

The Beavs have an assistant coach vacancy to fill, but Robinson has said he likely won't make the hire until June. Former OSU assistant David Grace recently accepted a position with Steve Alford's staff at UCLA. Robinson said he's already received a mountain of calls from coaches expressing interest.

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