When Craig Robinson took over the Oregon State job earlier in the year, those close to the Beavers basketball program knew it would take some time to rebuild the program.
On Monday, the Pac-10 school added a pair of commitments that should help start the change in Corvallis sooner than later.
California big man Joe Burton pledged to Oregon State shortly after Chicago point guard Ahmad Starks, a class of 2010 prospect, made the same decision, according to BeaverBlitz.com's Jed Tai.
Burton, a Rivals150 rising senior, is a nice foundation to build around down low. He had great success in July, helping his Compton Magic team make it to the adidas Super 64 final. His team lost in double overtime to Grassroots Canada.
Burton said he liked the fit with the Beavers.
"It was just a feeling. It's the Pac-10 and it's good for my family. I just felt like it was the place that I fit in," Burton told Tai, who broke the news late Monday night. "Coach Robinson - he's been calling and we've been talking. Sometimes there are just certain people that you feel safe with and I felt that with him."
Starks said Robinson was the reason why he's leaving Chicago for Oregon State.
"Coach Craig Robinson is a great coach and my family has known him for a pretty long time. Just the opportunity to play for him and to play in the Pac-10, which is a great conference, is what I wanted to do," Starks told Tai.
With Burton's amazing outlet passing and Starks's speed, the two could be a nice duo down the road in Corvallis.