John adds four

Oregon State basketball head coach Jay John signed four players to letters of intent Wednesday boosting the team's threat from the outside and keeping the top talent from Oregon in state. Guard Calvin Haynes (Reseda, Calif./Taft HS), forward/center Roeland Schaftenaar (Utrecht, Netherlands), guard/forward Seth Tarver (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) and guard Lathen Wallace (Portland, Ore./Jefferson HS) all signed on the dotted line yesterday.

"I'm very excited about all four of these guys," John said. "We're trying to make our team a little better every year and the objective is the same with recruiting, to do better every year. These four players will help us to do that."

One of the tasks that John wanted to accomplish was keeping the talent in state.  The successful teams in the sixties and seventies that were at the top of the Pac-10 and the nation were loaded with homegrown talent.  With the signing of Tarver and Wallace, both from Oregon high schools, the orange and black roster boasts seven players from the Beaver state.

"We want to put together a group that challenges for the Pac-10 title and gets opportunities to be in the postseason every year," said John who is 42-26 at OSU in three years.  "Two of the kids are from Oregon, and getting the best Oregon kids to come here has been a mission of ours since we got here. We think we got two of the best, if not the best, players from Portland in the Class of 2006."

Tarver and Wallace both earned all-league honors as juniors while making the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West teams.  Scout Hoops ranked Tarver as the sixth best small forward on the West Coast while Wallace was ranked No. 7 on Scout Hoops West Coast shooting guards list.

The family connection drew Tarver to Oregon State as his brother Josh is a freshman point guard and his other brother Zach is a redshirt freshman receiver on the football team.  Being a part of a program on the rise and the coaching staff also played a factor in brining him to Corvallis.

"I knew it would be a great opportunity to play with my brother Josh and to be in the same backcourt with him," said Tarver who averaged 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals as a junior.  "I wanted to go to a place where I could develop as a player, and the coaching staff has proven that they can do that. The program is on the rise, and I wanted to be a part of it."

Wallace shared similar sentiments about being part of an up and coming program but also like the opportunity to play in front of the hometown crowd.

"I chose Oregon State because I really like the coaching staff," said Wallace who averaged 14.6 points, four rebounds and three assists while helping Jefferson to a league title as a junior.  "I feel the program is going in the right direction and I want to be a part of putting Oregon State back on the map. It is also close to home where my friends and family can see me play."

Haynes hails from Taft High School where he averaged 22.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in route to all-state, city and league honors. He was ranked #10 among West Coast shooting guards by Scout Hoops.  In Corvallis he will play both guard spots giving the team a versatile, high energy player off the bench.

"Calvin is a bit of a point guard and a bit of an offguard, and he's really a scoring guard," John said.  "He reminds me of the guards that the University of Washington had last year that were so interchangeable. He's a great athlete, a high-energy guy and a scorer."

Rounding out the class Roeland Schaftenaar from the Neatherlands.  Much like his 2006 counterparts he has an excellent outside touch, but he will be asked to play in the paint.  Last year he averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists with the Deamon Aestronauts in the national U-18 league.  In December he will visit the campus for the first time..

"We're trying to get bigger as a team without sacrificing athleticism or skill level," said John who signed his fourth international player.  "Roeland is a very skilled player and he's still growing. With his frame, he could add a lot more weight and muscle and be a very productive player for us."

With another solid recruiting class under his belt John has set the foundation for sustained success at Oregon State.  Perhaps with another appearance in the postseason perhaps John can persway Kevin Love and Kyle Singler to stay in state. :-)


 

Official biographies from OSUBeavers.com

CALVIN HAYNES (6-foot-2/185 pounds/Reseda, Calif./Taft HS) – Averaged 22.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior, helping Taft to a 22-5 record ... Named to the all-state third team, the CIF All-Los Angeles City Section first team, the Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley first team, the All-West Valley League first team and the all-state underclassman team ... Named to the 2005-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second team ... Ranked among the nation's top 150 seniors by Hoop Scoop ... Ranked #10 among West Coast shooting guards by Scout.com ... Played at the 2005 adidas Superstar Camp and was named to the all-camp team ... As a sophomore, started in Taft's backcourt with UCLA's Jordan Farmar ... Averaged 14.9 points as a sophomore, second best on the team, and hit the game-winning shot in the city championship game ... Played summer ball with the Pump N Run All-Stars and the California Elite ... A left-handed marksman.

Coach Jay John says: "Calvin is a bit of a point guard and a bit of an offguard, and he's really a scoring guard. He reminds me of the guards that the University of Washington had last year that were so interchangeable. He's a great athlete, a high-energy guy and a scorer. He fills the stat box. Calvin is going to have a heck of a senior year in Southern California."

Calvin Haynes says: "I really enjoyed the educational aspect of Oregon State, such as the smaller classrooms and the different academic programs. I liked the campus atmosphere and the fact that there will be less distractions than a big-city campus. I really felt a connection with the coaching staff, especially Coach John and Coach Loyd. The main thing was the players, I really hit it off with them. I can't wait to get there and start playing and being coached by the OSU staff."

 

ROELAND SCHAFTENAAR (6-foot-11/230 pounds/Utrecht, Netherlands/Gerrit Rieveld College [HS]) – Pronounced RUE-land SHOFF-ten-arr ... An excellent long-range shooter ... Member of the Dutch U-18 National Team that finished sixth at the 2005 European "B" Championships in Slovakia ... Member of the Dutch U-16 team that finished fifth at the 2004 European "B" Championships in England ... Currently playing at the club level with the Deamon Aestronauts in the national U-18 league, averaging around 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists ... Took part in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Camp in Italy and the adidas Super Stars camp in Germany, both of which were invitation-only camps for the most elite players in Europe ... Currently attending high school at Gerrit Rieveld College ... ... His national team coach, Ben Ponsioen, helped develop fellow Dutchmen Rik Smits, Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson ... His father, Philip (who stands 7-foot-2), was a top Dutch basketball player in the 1970s ... His mother, Albertine, was a standout high jumper for the Netherlands.

Coach Jay John says: "We're trying to get bigger as a team without sacrificing athleticism or skill level. Roeland is a very skilled player and he's still growing. With his frame, he could add a lot more weight and muscle and be a very productive player for us."

Dutch Junior National Team Coach Ben Ponsioen says: "Roeland has a great opportunity to play with OSU in the Pac-10. Two of my players, Francisco Elson and Dan Gadzuric, played in the Pac-10 and the NBA. If Roeland continues to get stronger, I believe he can follow in their footsteps and play in the NBA."

Roeland Schaftenaar says: "I met Coach John and Coach Reinert in the Netherlands, and I liked the way they talked about basketball and the team, and I liked the way they see me as a player. I saw a DVD about the Beavers and I was impressed by that. It seems to me that it is a very good university and it has a nice green surrounding as well. I am very excited to come over in December to visit Oregon State University and to see the Beavers play."

 

SETH TARVER (6-foot-5/205 pounds/Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) – An all-state first team selection as a junior as he helped Jesuit to the 4A state title ... Ranked #74 on Hoop Scoop's national list of high school seniors... Named to the 2005-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second team ... Scout Hoops ranked him as the #6 small forward on the West Coast ... Averaged 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals as a junior, and was the Metro League Player of the Year ... Averaged 13.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals as a sophomore, and was named to the all-state second team and the All-Metro League first team ... Averaged 12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as a sophomore, and made the All-Metro League second team ... Played at the Reebok ABCD Camp in summer 2005 ... Played summer ball with the Portland Legends and Portland Panthers ... Will be teammates again with older brother Josh (a freshman point guard at OSU) ... Older brother Zach is a redshirt freshman on the OSU football team ... Older brother Shon was a standout guard at UCLA from 1991-94 ... Father John was an NFL running back from 1972-75.

Coach Jay John says: "Seth is obviously one of the highest-rated recruits that we've signed since I've been here. Ratings don't mean everything because you have to produce once you get here, but I'm very excited about Seth. With his size and athletic ability, he'll help us to compete against anyone, because he is a nationally recognized player."

Seth Tarver says: "I knew it would be a great opportunity to play with my brother Josh and to be in the same backcourt with him. At Oregon State, I feel I will have a good chance to play right off the bat. The coaches have definitely turned the program around from where it used to be. I wanted to go to a place where I could develop as a player, and the coaching staff has proven that they can do that. The program is on the rise, and I wanted to be a part of it."

 

LATHEN WALLACE (6-foot-3/180 pounds/Clackamas, Ore./Jefferson HS) – First name is pronounced LAY-thin ... Named to the 2005-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West third team ... Named to the all-state honorable mention and all-league first team squads as a junior ... Averaged 14.9 points, four rebounds and three assists per game his junior year, helping Jefferson to a league title and a 26-2 record ... Had a season high of 33 points and was the team's second-leading scorer ... Played summer ball with the Portland Panthers and Friends of Jefferson...ranked No. 7 on Scout Hoops West Coast shooting guards list.

Coach Jay John says: "Jefferson High has produced a ton of Division I players in the last 10 years, and probably even longer than that. Lathen is yet another one in that line and he's a good all-around player. He's an excellent shooter and he has been very well coached."

Jefferson High Coach Marshall Haskins says: "Lathen is a good basketball player, a fierce competitor and an even better person."

Lathen Wallace says: "I chose Oregon State because I really like the coaching staff, I feel the program is going in the right direction and I want to be a part of putting Oregon State back on the map. It is also close to home where my friends and family can see me play."


BeaverBlitz Top Stories