Posted on: October 17, 2008 7:43 pm

Oregon State Beavers '08-'09 Preview

Oregon State Beavers

Head Coach: Craig Robinson
Last Season’s Results: Conf. 0-19 (10th), Overall 6-25. Post Season: None


Backcourt: Calvin Haynes, Josh Tarver, Seth Tarver were relatively successful for the Beavers when all three were on the floor. Unfortunately, their success was relative to Oregon State basketball last year. Perhaps new coach Craig Robinson can tap into talents that Jay John couldn’t. Either way, the fact that the backcourt is the strength of this team without a single player averaging double digits in scoring is a bad sign.

Frontcourt: While Omari Johnson is undersized down low, coach Craig Robinson will have to put his best players on the floor. The only way to do that is with Johnson starting at the power-forward spot for now. Since Sean Carter is anything but a threat on either side of the floor.

Roeland Schaftenaar averaged 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 points a game last year and completes the starting roster for a team that does anything but strike fear into opponents.

Bench: Although Lathen Wallace will split time with Calvin Haynes, the Beavers need to start thinking about team basketball. Wallace and Calvin Hampton both wind up coming off the bench with assist/turnover ratios well under 1:1. Rickey Claitt will also see some time at the point guard spot, but isn’t an effective scorer. Sean Carter will also see playing time for the Beavers because of the lack of depth in the frontcourt.

Key Departures: The Beavers kicked C.J. Giles off the team in the middle of last season, which
 ironically made them better - a nice addition by subtraction. Unfortunately the Beavers lost their leading scorer, Marcel Jones. Jones was the senior leader and the only Oregon State player to average double-digits in the scoring column.

Key Recruits: Kavon Rose is the Beavers lone recruit this year. The 6’3” guard averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds a game at his Michigan High school. Rose is undersized and will get pushed around by a lot of the guards on the college level.

Strengths: With three seniors and four juniors, the Ducks should be able to show a lot of poise and consistency. Josh and Seth Tarver will both be juniors who can be effective enough to create an offensive flow for the team.

Weaknesses: This is one of those situations you wonder where you ought to begin. The Beavers biggest problem is overall talent. While the Tarver brothers seem great for the Beavers, they would be bench players on any other team in the conference.

Key Dates:
Nov 22 @ Nevada
Nov 30 @ Fresno State
Feb 19 vs. Stanford

Outlook: The glory days of the early 80’s when a 2nd place finish was realistic are long forgotten for the Beavers. Now Oregon State is longing for a second-to-last finish. The Beavers and coach Robinson hope that the changing of the guard will help bring a fresh atmosphere to Corvallis, and perhaps even spurn them onto at least a 2-17 record in conference play. Despite the weakened conference, Oregon State still looks to be in the dredges and a long way off from being competitive again. They can’t go winless in conference play again this year, can they?

Projected Finish: Last in the PAC-10. No Post Season appearance.

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