DeWitz Close to Committing?

Jay John and his staff are pursuing two basketball players. Is one close to committing?

According to, Nick DeWitz, a 6-7, 201 lb forward from Dobson High in Arizona is getting ready to commit to the Beavers.

Greg Hicks of is reporting that he is hearing conflicting reports on weather DeWitz will join the team for the 2002-03 season. Most likely DeWitz will transfer to another Junior College, possibly Mesa, then transfer to Oregon State for the 2003-04 season. He will then have three years to play for the Beavers.

During his freshman season at Utah Valley State College (UVSC) DeWitz played in all 31 games. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds a game while shooting .471 from the field and .371 from three-point line.

DeWitz helped the Wolverines to a 21-10 record during the 2001-02 season, while earning the most improved player award from head coach, Jeff Reinert. He led the team in scoring five times and rebounds three times.

DeWitz was one of the most highly recruited players out of Arizona in 2000. He earned All-Region honors as a junior and All-State athletic honors during his senior year in basketball. During his senior year with the Dobson High Mustangs, DeWitz averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, and two steals a game. is also reporting that Jay John and his staff at Oregon State have been working hard to get 6-8, 210 lb power forward, Kyle Jeffers, from Santa Rosa high school in California.

Oregon, California, and Oregon State are currently the three Pac-10 schools pursuing Jeffers. Jeffers has said he would like to play in the Pac-10, but is receiving interest from Pepperdine, Colorado State, Santa Clara, and St. Marys CA.

Jeffers has a tremendous upside and looks like he still has some growing to do. His offensive skills still need to be refined, but he has good hands and superb footwork. ranks Jeffers as the second best power forward in the nation behind, 6-7, 225 lb Leon Powe, who has already committed to Cal.

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