2009-2010 Oregon State Beavers Basketball Preview
Last season, the Oregon State Beavers (18- 18 overall, 7- 11 Pac-10) finished 10th in their conference and went to the CBI, where they won that showdown. But the NCAA Tournament has not been on this team’s radar screen in years. Over the past five seasons in addition to the CBI, they’ve been to the NIT once and have missed the post season three times. This year, the Beavers look to improve their stock in the Pac-10 and make it back to the NIT.
Oregon State scored just 60.8 PPG (9th) in 2008- 2009. And although they were third in scoring defense, allowing a mere 63.3 PPG, they still posted a differential in points scored/point allowed of minus-2.5. The best thing going for this club last year was its defense. On the offensive side, they shot 47% from the floor (6th), hit 36% of their threes (7th) and were good on just 65% of their frees (9th).
Senior forward/center Roeland Schaftenaar (10.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG), who stands six-foot-eleven, offers a range of shots, including a good hook, an accurate three and a fine post runner. The versatile Schaftenaar is a playmaker and offensive leader. Other guys who can play inside/outside include the talented but inconsistent Omari Johnson (6.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.8 APG), a junior, the often-injured Calvin Hampton (1.1 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG), a senior, and banger/three-point maker Daniel Deane (5.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.8 APG), a junior. Add to the mix Australian big guy Angus Brandt, a freshman who can bang and pass, and you’ve got a deep frontcourt.
The backcourt includes seasoned junior Calvin Haynes (13.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG), who proved to be a tenacious defender and on-target shooter last season. He hit 43% from the field and 36% from downtown. Another defensive force is junior guard Lathen Wallace (7.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG); he continued to improve last season. Seth Tarver (8.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 APG) notched 60 steals in 2008- 2009, which was tops in the Pac-10.
Coach Craig Robinson has brought in a fine frosh class, perhaps one of the best the Ducks have seen in the past 20 years. That will help as will the return of some seasoned players. This club is on the cusp of capturing a NCAA berth. This season, Oregon State looks to finish around fourth and earn a trip to the NIT. Next year they could find themselves in the Big Dance.