Oregon State completed its 2017-18 men’s basketball recruiting class in one swoop Wednesday, addressing a lack of depth at the power forward and center positions with the signing of three players.
Junior-college player Kylor Kelley and high school seniors Warren Washington and Jack Wilson signed Wednesday.
“We are adding size, depth and talent to our frontline with the addition of these three players,” Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said. “This is our fourth recruiting class that really brings balance and depth at every position, and is very encouraging for our program moving forward.”
Wilson, a 7-foot, 230-pound center from Half Moon Bay, California, is considered the gem of the class. He’s rated a four-star player by ESPN.
A senior at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, he averaged 16.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots last winter. He committed to Oregon State in 2016.
“He’s a 7-footer and a big, strong body around the basket who attacks the glass on both ends,” Tinkle said. “He can score down low, defend the rim and really likes to play physically, especially when he goes after rebounds.”
Washington, at 6-11, 210, is a forward from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California.
Considered a three-star player by numerous recruiting sites, he averaged 15.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots as a junior.
Tinkle said Washington can also play multiple positions.
“He’s another guy who can handle the ball, shoot it, run and jump,” the coach said. “He’s a multidimensional player who will help us on the glass because of his rebounding strength. You can’t coach size and Warren is a player who continues to grow and get stronger.”
Kelley, whose first name is pronounced Key-ler, is a 7-foot, 215-pound forward playing at Eugene’s Lane Community College this winter.
A graduate of Gervais High School, he redshirted and then played last season at Northwest Christian in Eugene, averaging 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots in 28.7 minutes in 10 games. His time was limited due to academic issues.
“Kylor is a legit 7-footer who can play a couple of different positions. He’s a very good athlete at that size who can run and jump,” Tinkle said. “He’s a skilled player who can face up and play away from the basket. He’s an incredible finisher with his length and athleticism at the rim.”