HOOPS: Beavs add F, style of play evolving

IN ADDING A BIG man who can run the floor, Oregon State is also eyeing a larger change -- they plan to be more up-tempo on offense this year says head man Craig Robinson. And man defense isn't out of the question, either.

Oregon State last week added 6-9 forward Eric Moreland, who originally signed with UTEP. And Moreland can run.

The Beavs are still going to run the modified Princeton offense. They're still planning to run their 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone D -- defense that when executed properly can shut down the best of offenses.

But they're going to get up and down the court more and more. And could some man defense also be in the future.

"Offensively," Craig Robinson told the Oregonian, "we'll be a lot more up-tempo....we won't have to rely on our halfcourt offense. We're going to be able to get some transition baskets and that's exciting."

"I've threatened that if we ever got athletic enough we might play more man to man (defense) and I'm going to take a hard look at that over the summer."

Moreland as a senior averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as a senior at Hightower High in Missouri City, Texas. He then attended prep school in New Jersey before signing with UTEP.

When UTEP coach Tony Barbee left for Auburn, Moreland asked out of his LOI and found his way to Oregon State, signing a financial aid agreement.

It remains to be seen if Moreland can receive a waiver from the NCAA and become eligible to play for OSU this coming season.

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