Beavers land son of Payton

Oregon State has announced that Gary Payton II has signed a national letter of intent to join the OSU men's basketball program for 2014-15.

Payton II had verbally committed to the Beavers last week and had said then that he expected to officially sign this past weekend.

A 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Payton II is nicknamed "The Mitten" and is the son of former Beavers great Gary Payton. The younger Payton averages 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds for Salt Lake Community College.

"You don't want to say one signing is more exciting than another, but given the family connection and the relationship we have with the Paytons, it's so nice to be able to get another Gary Payton on the roster," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said in a statement. "Gary Payton II is going to be a terrific player for us. He's not Gary Sr., and we won't be asking him to score as many as Gary did, but from a defense standpoint and a sort of helping your team win, he's going to do a lot for this program."

The elder Payton played for the Beavers from 1987-90, leading OSU to three NCAA Tournament appearances on his way to becoming the Beavers' career leader in points (2,172), assists (938) and steals (321).

NELSON HONORED — Oregon State senior guard Roberto Nelson was named the Pac-12's men's basketball player of the week on Monday.

Nelson averaged 27.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists while leading the Beavers to wins over Portland and Maryland.

Nelson scored 24 points in a 79-73 win over Portland last Wednesday, and he had 31 in the 90-83 win at Maryland on Sunday.

Nelson shot 52.9 percent (18 for 34) from the field, 42.9 percent (3 for 7) from the three-point line and 88.9 percent (16 for 18) from the free-throw line.


YEKSIE TOP COACH — Oregon State pitching coach Nate Yeskie has been named Collegiate Baseball's Pitching Coach of the Year for the 2013 season, it was announced Monday.

The honor is sponsored by Edge Charting Systems.

Yeskie guided the Beaver pitching staff to a school-record 2.28 ERA as the team made its fifth trip to the College World Series and finished the year ranked fourth nationally.

OSU won 52 games overall, and three pitchers — Matt Boyd, Andrew Moore and Ben Wetzler — all won 10 or more games.

The three were all named to the Pac-12 Conference's all-star first team, while Moore and Boyd were named All-Americans. Moore tied the school's single-season record with 14 victories and was the first true freshman in OSU history to be named a first-team All-American.

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