Stephen Thompson Jr. offered Dallas Mavericks Summer League roster spot

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Stephen Thompson Jr. offered Dallas Mavericks Summer League roster spot

It’s time to “get mavericky” for Stephen Thompson Jr. 

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft last Thursday, the four-year, 6’4” senior guard from Oregon State has been offered a spot on the Dallas Mavericks Summer League team.

In his final season with the Beavers, Thompson averaged 16.1 points per game and finished his collegiate career as Oregon State’s leading three-point shooter as well as their all-time fourth best scorer. 

Thompson Jr. worked out ahead of the NBA Draft with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The 2019 Summer League will begin on Friday, July 5 at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Dallas facing off against Brooklyn. 

OSU officially announces Mitch Canham as new baseball manager

OSU officially announces Mitch Canham as new baseball manager

It was reported earlier in the day on Thursday that the Oregon State baseball program would hire former start player Mitch Canham as its new head coach. 

That hire is no longer a rumor, it's official. 

Canham was the catcher for the back-to-back national championship Beavers teams in 2006 and 2007.

Canham has not coached college baseball, but he was a coach in the Mariners farm system for the past four seasons. In January of this year, he was announced as the new head coach of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. The Travelers were 42-21 under Canham this season, the best record in the Texas League. 

When it was announced earlier this month that former manager Pat Casey would not step back into the dugout, the Beavers launched a full search for their next head coach. In Canham, they didn't have to look far. 

The following is from the official Oregon State Press Release: 

"What an incredible day and a dream come true," said Canham. "Since stepping on the OSU campus in the summer of 2002, I felt a part of the Beaver family. The baseball program, Corvallis community, athletic department, faculty, donors, and fans have been a huge part in transforming my life and helping me become the man I am today.

"I am eager to get back to Oregon State University and do OUR family of Beaver Nation proud. Coach Casey and everyone who has been involved over the years have created such a wonderful and life-changing program, and I look forward to not only continuing in this fine tradition, but helping the program grow even more. I want to thank Scott Barnes, the selection committee, and President Ray for this opportunity to lead the men of Oregon State's baseball program. 
"I am also forever grateful to the Seattle Mariners and a great mentor in Andy McKay. He and the Mariners  gave me the opportunity to learn while coaching their players."

Stayed locked into NBC Sports Northwest for all the latest news.

 

Adley Rutschman wins 2019 Golden Spikes Award

Adley Rutschman wins 2019 Golden Spikes Award

The good times keep rolling for Adley Rutschman. After being selected as the No. 1 MLB Draft pick (to the Baltimore Orioles last Monday), Rutschman now adds Golden Spike Winner, a prestigious college baseball award for the top amateur baseball player in the nation.

Coming into today’s vote, Rutschman was the fan favorite:

Rutschman won the award over JJ Bleday (Vanderbilt), Noah Song (Navy), and Andrew Vaughn (CAL), and becomes the first player from Oregon State to win the award.

TWEET- OSU

TWEET- GSA

Talk about quite the career for the Junior catcher. 

In the hit TV series Game of Thrones, one must introduce oneself with his or her accolade. If Rutschman starred in GoT, he would have to introduce himself as such:

I am Adley Rutschman, first of my house, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Baseball America National Player of the Year, D1Baseball.com National Player of  the Year, Perfect Game Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, the 2019 No. 1 MLB Draft pick, Golden Spikes Award winner, hereby sentence you to death.

Just kidding on that last part… Rutschman is a humble and respectable both person and player and wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Congrats, Clutchman!

Oregon State football recruiting: The Dam just got bigger and stronger

Oregon State football recruiting: The Dam just got bigger and stronger

Let’s catch you up on the latest recruiting news to come out of Corvallis, Oregon overt the weekend. 

Kyrei Fisher

Linebacker / Tulsa, Oklahoma

Arkansas Transfer

6’2” 225 pounds

Fisher committed to Arkansas straight out of high school (Union High School, Oklahoma) before landing at Trinity C.C. for a hot second and now finds himself in orange and black all the way west. The 6’2” linebacker had offers from Kansas, Michigan State, Colorado, Minnesota, and others before committing to Jonathan Smith and the Dam. 

He will join a very young and hungry linebacker crew lead by just two seniors and three redshirt juniors.  

Tavis Shippen

JUCO Product (Mt. San Jacinto College)

Defensive Lineman / Murrieta, California

6”5” 275 pounds

If Oregon State is to have a better season in 2019, it must start at the defensive line. The Beavers took a step in that direction with Tavis Shippen announcing his commitment. Shippen is the No. 3 rated defensive lineman in JUCO as well as No. 15 overall. He is the highest rated JUCO prospect the Beavers have landed since CB Stephen Nelson in 2013.

Nahshon Wright

JUCO Product (Laney College)

Corner / East Palo Alto, California

6’4” 175 pounds

The highly sought after Wright committed to Oregon State over Boise State and Colorado amongst others. Wright brings both size and speed to the DB unit for the Beavers. A 6’4” corner who can go up and challenge the height of opposing receivers is huge, especially when Stanford rolls into Corvallis and runs their ever-famous fade route to a lengthy tight end in the corner of the end zone. Wright will be the tallest DB heading into this season for Oregon State. 

Trail Blazers are first pre-draft workout for Stephen Thompson Jr.

Trail Blazers are first pre-draft workout for Stephen Thompson Jr.

Stephen Thompson Jr. is certainly no stranger to this area. But even though he played four seasons at Oregon State, it was not a short ride up Interstate-5 for his Trail Blazers’ pre-draft workout Monday. Like so many other players, he has trainers elsewhere and Thompson made the trip from southern California.

But it was eventful, because it was his very first pre-draft workout for an NBA team.

“Definitely a great experience,” he said. “A great opportunity for me to come out here and show what I can do in a workout setting. Hopefully, I’ll get a few more before the draft.”

Thompson, whose father is an assistant coach for the Beavers, had a solid career at OSU and finished it off by starting all 31 games for his team as a senior, averaging 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The 6-4, 190-pounder shot 34 percent from three-point range for his career.

And that outside shooting is something he believes makes him an option for an NBA team.

“Spacing the floor,’ he said. “Shooting the ball and being able to attack the closeout. Hit open shots.”

He said he didn’t encounter anything during the workout Monday that he wasn’t expecting.

“Other guys and my trainers have been telling me what to expect,” he said.

He was asked what he needs to do to improve his game, which, of course, would give him his best chance to find a place in the league.

“Definitely the main thing is getting stronger,” he said. “Playing with more physicality, especially on the defensive end. Guarding the ball one-one-one, my feet – things like that.”

Thompson is going through the draft process without his younger brother Ethan, a redshirt sophomore last season who originally declared for the draft but withdrew on the final day he could do so.

“For the most part, while he was still in the draft, we were together all the time,” Stephen said. “Working out every day, lifting, things like that. It’s been all right being without him. He’s doing his thing, I know he’s going to have a big year next season and I’m looking forward to seeing that as well.”

The elusive James Rodgers is back in orange and black

The elusive James Rodgers is back in orange and black

Looking back at the history of Oregon State football in the late 2000’s, one of the big storylines was the Rodgers brothers. 

James and Jacquizz Rodgers were standout players of the Oregon State Beavers between 2007–2010. Both electrifying and both oh so dangerous in the open field. One brother pounding the ball up the middle; the other stretching the field wide due to his strong hands and constant deep threat. 

And now, Beaver fans get to welcome back James to the Oregon State football coaching staff, per head coach Jonathan Smith. 

At Oregon State, Rodgers set the Beavers’ record for all purpose yards (6,377) as well as the first player to reach 1,000 rushing and 2,000 receiver yards in his career. After college, he signed in the 2012 NFL Draft as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons where he bounced back and forth from the practice squad and also being waived. Rodgers was then signed to the Montreal Alouettes (CFL) practice squad in August 2014.

Fun fact: Rodgers joined Mike Riley’s (his head coach back at Oregon State) staff in 2018 with the San Antonio Commanders (AAF) originally to coach the running backs but then was switched to outside linebackers.

Welcome back to Reser Stadium, James!

MLB Draft Tracker: Where did the Oregon State Beavers land in the majors

MLB Draft Tracker: Where did the Oregon State Beavers land in the majors

The 2019 MLB Draft is in the books. A 40-round, three day event held in Secaucus, New Jersey. Players of college and high school aged stare at their phones for 72 hours waiting for a phone call to make their MLB dreams come true. 

Here is where the Oregon State Beavers found a new home:

BEAVERS

Rd 1 / Pick 1: Adley Rutschman - catcher (Baltimore Orioles)

First and foremost, Adley “Clutchman” Rutschman makes history. The junior catcher was selected No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He joins Terry Baker (football, 1962) and Danny Mwanga (men’s soccer, 2010). 

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award finalist can now add No. 1 overall draft pick to his resume. 

Rd 2 / Pick 60: Beau Philip - shortstop (Atlanta Braves)

Rd 3 / Pick 80: Grant Gambrell - RHP (Kansas City Royals)

Rd 18 / Pick 537: Brandon Eisert - LHP  (Toronto Blue Jays)

Rd 21 / Pick 626: Bryce Fehmel - RHP (San Francisco Giants)

Rd 27 / Pick 803: Tyler Malone - IF/OF (San Diego Padres)

Rd 31 / Pick 935: Dylan Pearce - RHP (St. Louis Cardinals)

 

Former Beavers voting "Yes” for Nate Yeskie as next Oregon State head coach

Former Beavers voting "Yes” for Nate Yeskie as next Oregon State head coach

The players, or rather former Oregon State baseball stars, have spoken and are voting “Yes” for Yeskie. 

The search is on for the next great baseball coach at Oregon State University. With the news yesterday of former baseball great Pat Casey electing NOT to return to coach the Beavers, OSU athletic director Scott Barnes begins his search party for one of the most pristine positions that is all of collegiate baseball coaching.

Nate Yeskie, the 2017 Assistant Coach of the Year by D1Baseball.com and the Pitching Coach of the Year per Collegiate Baseball, is in his 11th season with the program in 2019, a year after helping the team to its third national championship, (according to his bio on osubeavers.com). 

This conversation all started with 2018 National Champion Cadyn Grenier (shortstop for the Beavers) when he took to twitter to advocate for Yeskie.

Other teammates then chimed in, including Trevor Larnach and Caleb Hamilton. 

https://twitter.com/trevorlarnach/status/1136276650994405376

Our own Dwight Jaynes gives his insight on who he thinks should be in consideration for this position:

Andrew Checketts: Andrew Checketts, the successful head coach at UC-Santa Barbara who has won 61 percent of his games in his eight seasons there, is an Oregon State grad who pitched three seasons for the Beavers after graduating from West Linn High School.

Scott Brosius: Senior director of player development for USA Baseball. Served for the past two seasons as a coach for the Seattle Mariners after a long career as head baseball coach at Division III Linfield, where he won a national championship in 2013. 

It’s no surprise that players are giving their input as to who they want leading their program. This also happened with Oregon football last season with the departing Willie Taggart (to Florida State) and the players voicing their opinion on wanting Mario Cristobal (then offensive line coach) to step into the head coaching position. 

Player voice works. Who better to know what’s best for the program then the players who will be learning directly from that head coach. 

Only time will tell. Let the search begin.

Breaking: Pat Casey has elected NOT to return to Oregon State as head coach

Breaking: Pat Casey has elected NOT to return to Oregon State as head coach

In all hopes and dreams and rumors of former Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey returning to the team next season as head coach can now come to a rest. Casey has elected NOT to return to Oregon State as head coach, as told today by Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes.

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Dear Beaver Nation,

Pat Casey has elected not to return to the baseball dugout and coach the Oregon State Beavers. It’s certainly a decision carefully considered by Pat, and one that we respect and will honor, even while disappointed. While Pat may not be our coach going forward, he will continue to serve as a key ambassador for Oregon State University as Senior Associate Athletic Director.

When Pat announced that he would be stepping down as head coach last September, I wanted to give him time to think about his decision and leave open a path where he could return as head coach. Over those nine months, I had numerous conversations with Pat to gauge his interest in returning to the leadership role.
My hope was that he would return as head coach after taking a break to refresh.  Unfortunately, we know now that will not be the case.

Moving forward, we will conduct a national search and consider both the very best candidates in the nation. We already have tremendous interest from individuals who aspire to lead this storied program, including from interim head Coach Pat Bailey.

I compliment the job that Coach Bailey has done this year under difficult circumstances. The roster has been depleted with injuries from the very start of the season after losing three MLB First Round Draft picks from last year’s national championship club. Coach Bailey and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job.

As well, we can all be so very proud of what Pat Casey, his coaching staff, and student-athletes, who have represented Oregon State baseball, have achieved over the past two decades. They have made Corvallis a desired national destination for the best in college baseball. I can assure you that will continue to be the case.

I am excited for the high caliber coaching prospects who will seek to follow arguably the best college baseball coach in the history of the sport. But I assure you this is a program that will reload – not rebuild – as among the nation’s very best.

In closing, it’s been another exciting year for Oregon State Athletics. And we are very appreciative that you continue to support our programs, coaches, staff and most importantly the amazing young men and women who represent this great university. Each day, I am honored to serve as your Vice President and Director of Athletics.

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Rewind the clock to this time last season, and the Oregon State Beavers were deep into postseason play with an eventual National Championship on the horizon under Casey, who will go down not just as one of the greats in Oregon State baseball history, but in the collegiate game. Casey lead the Beavers to three national championships (2006, 2007, 2018) as well as multiple 40+ win seasons. After hoisting the NCAA trophy high into the Omaha air last season, Casey decided to step down as head coach but remained on staff in an advisory role.

Fast forward to now, with the Beavers' 2019 season coming to an abrupt end at the NCAA Regional tournament, the rumors started flowing in: Would Casey return to his rightful place as head coach of the Beavers?

Today, that question has been answered.

Barnes said on a conference call with reporterts that Casey will be a consultant in the national search for a new coach and hopes to have one selected in the next couple of weeks. 

Oregon State joins the University of Oregon and USC looking to fill a vacancy for their head baseball coach.

Social media reacts as Adley "Clutchman" Rutschman gets selected No. 1 in MLB Draft

Social media reacts as Adley "Clutchman" Rutschman gets selected No. 1 in MLB Draft

The pick is in and the wait is over. Adley Rutschman is staying in orange and black. 

With the first pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Baltimore Orioles select Adley Rutschman, catcher from Oregon State University.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, a finalist for the Buster Posey Award as well as the Golden Spikes Award, now can add No. 1 overall draft pick to his already impressive resume. 

The Corvallis, Oregon community is behind him, but the love and support for the junior catcher doesn't stop there. Here's how the social media world reacted to "Clutchman" being the MLB's most wanted:

Congrats, Adley!

Go Beavs.