Oregon State hasn’t been an NBA hotbed for over 30 years. The program from the NBA’s inception to the late 1980s was a reliable source for prospects, but things have changed and the program has struggled to acquire soon-to-be pros.
Although a Beaver being drafted to the league is a rarity, there’s still a chance someone from the team can at least be on a Summer League team.
Below are a few Beavers who are currently participating in the league’s summer games.
Ethan Thompson (OSU) - Every year there are a few prospects whose stocks rise due to March Madness. Thompson’s was one of those, despite going undrafted.
He was a key part of the Beavers’ Elite Eight run and averaged a career-high 15.7 points in his senior season.
Being on the Bulls’ Summer League team gives him an opportunity to learn from NBA coaches and prove he and maybe future Beavers belong in the league. Thompson’s presence on the Bulls will allow him to showcase his talents to all teams around the league, and if needed, teams overseas.
Eric Moreland (OSU) - Moreland is an NBA journeyman with five seasons of experience.
He was already a fringe prospect coming out of OSU, having averaged 7.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in four years.
Having spent the last two seasons abroad, his presence at Summer League is more him just showcasing himself. Whether it’s to NBA teams for maybe a slot at the end of the bench or to other teams overseas.
Tres Tinkle (OSU) - Tinkle spent last season in the G League with Raptors 905 and appeared in 14 games, averaging 8.2 points.
Being with the Lakers' summer team is an opportunity for him to learn another system and showcase himself to the masses. Unless he's drastically improved since his G league season, he'll likely be back there or overseas.
While at OSU, Tinkle established himself as a school legend. Having averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in five seasons with the team.
Gary Payton ll (OSU) - Another OSU journeyman is Payton. As he’s played for four teams in five seasons.
The Warriors are always looking for do-it-all guards with effort, and that could be Payton.
Coming out of OSU he was a big name because of his name, but also had the game to back it up. In two seasons he averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.8 steals.