Earlier this week, Rivals.com wrote about how important this weekend will be to Oregon State recruiting. Rather than wait, Wayne Tinkle and his staff got one of their primary targets out of the way Tuesday night.
Six-foot-10 power forward Drew Eubanksof Troutdale (Ore.) Reynolds gave the Beavers the nod before his official visit this weekend. He had become very comfortable with the staff and didn't see any reason to keep waiting.
"I just wanted to commit," Eubanks told Rivals.com. "There's really no reason but I wanted to get it over with. It's not a bad thing. But I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and I've had the same feeling about them for a couple weeks now so I decided to go ahead and do it."
Better known for his ability on the baseball diamond where he has a nasty curve ball and a fastball that reaches the lower 90's, Eubanks made a name for himself in the hoops world during the spring and summer. Playing with the Northwest Express on Nike's EYBL Circuit, Eubanks showed the world that he can play high major basketball and the three-star prospect will make a debut in Wednesday's updated Rivals150 for the class of 2015.
Eubanks likes that he can play both baseball and hoops in Corvallis and there is a chance to play early.
"If I grow and develop like they think I'll be able to I'll be able to have an impact as freshman," said Eubanks. "Also I'll have a chance to play for one of the best baseball programs in the country. That was a big part of my decision because I had only been playing basketball for a few years when I've always played baseball.
"If you had asked me a year ago I would have told you I would play college baseball because I didn't really think basketball would be an option."
The first member of OSU's 2015 recruiting class, Eubanks is a rapidly developing prospect with loads of upside at the Pac-12 level.
"Probably the biggest thing that I will have to work on once I get in college is getting stronger so I can bang with some of the bigger guys in the conference and the country," said Eubanks. "I think I rebound and block shots pretty well and attack the glass. I've been working a lot and I feel like the offense will come with me getting stronger and stuff like that."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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