Coach: Craig Robinson (4 seasons at Oregon State 64-71) Overall 94-99, 6 years
2011-12: Record 21-15 overall, 7-11 in Pac 12 ( 8th)
Starters Returning (4) Ahmad Starks, Joe Burton, Angus Brandt, Devon Collier
Preseason Tournament: 2k Sports Classic
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Kansas
Transfer Out: Rhys Murphy (Chaminade)
Sat Out: Daniel Gomis (Injury), Michael Moyer
Early Departure: Jared Cunningham
Oregon State won over 20 games left season but yet they still won’t close to making the NCAA tournament. Craig Robinson has brought this program a long way since taking over. Now this season the Beavers return 7 of 8 top scorers from last year’s team. The bad news gone is there best player and leading scorer from last season Jared Cunningham. The core of these players still went 7-11 in a weak Pac 12 last season.
Leading the way for the Beavers will be point guard Ahmad Starks (12.1 ppg). Last season Starks made 79 three pointers which is 2nd in school history. Joining Starks in the backcourt is Roberto Nelson (9.3 ppg). Nelson came off the bench last season and now look for his scoring average to go way up. He is super athletic. The depth here really lacks experience. Challe Barton(1.7 ppg) is the only player with college experience. Also in the mix are transfer Michael Moyer and freshman Langston Morris-Walker and Victor Robbins.
No question that forward Devin Collier (13.1 ppg) will take over for Cunningham as being the best player and leader of the team. Collier does a little bit of everything for the Beavers; he is also an excellent defender, who can guard all positions. He led the Pac 12 in shooting percentage last year. Battling for the starting job at power forward will be Joe Burton (8.3 ppg) and Eric Moreland (5.2 ppg). Moreland led the Pac 12 in block shots last season . The man at center will be Angus Brandt (9.1 ppg). He is very skilled for his size and he can shot the three. Providing depth here will be Daniel Gomis and freshman Jarmal Reid and Olef Schaftenaar.