Oregon State’s recent recruiting success in women’s basketball continued on Wednesday when the Beavers signed three players for next season.
One of those players, Andrea Aquino, a 6-foot-9 post from Ribet Academy in Los Angeles, is rated No. 7 overall in the ESPN 20018 HoopGurlz rankings. She is the No. 2 post.
Aquino’s signing helped the Beavers earn the No. 14 class ranking by ESPNW. The only Pac-12 team ahead of the Beavers is Stanford at No. 8. Arizona came in at No. 15.
Those rankings are bound to change as other top prospects sign this week.
The Beavers also signed three-star guard Jasmine Simmons for Australia and three-star post Patricia Morris from Duarte High in California.
“You just look for great fits and all three are, in my opinion, perfect fits for our program,” coach Scott Rueck said after Wednesday’s practice. “From a character perspective to a need perspective, they fit in every way. Great people. They have the personalities that we’re used to. They’re just all unique.”
Aquino may be listed as a post, but she is a lot more. She averaged 17.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and seven blocks a game last season.
“At 6-9 you think center, but that’s not necessarily her game,” Rueck said. “She’s a face-up player and so she’s extremely dynamic and unique."
Simmons is a 5-11 guard who caught Rueck’s eye in Spain at the world championships in 2016. She is the No. 7 international player according to ESPN and the top-ranked shooting guard in the class.
Rueck described Simmons as a great athlete who makes plays when needed and a good leader.
“Their team won a gold medal and she was the heart and soul of the team,” Rueck said.
Morris is listed at 6-7 and may potentially still be growing, Rueck said. She averaged 17.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a junior.
“She provides a true center in this class, which is obviously a need going forward,” Rueck said.