Beavers' Eubanks, Thompson on all-star team
CORVALLIS — Oregon State's Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. have been selected to play for a Pac-12 all-star men's basketball team that will tour Australia in July.
The team, comprised of 12 players from 10 member schools, will participate in two games against the Australia men's national team — known as the Australian Boomers — in its preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as well as a third contest against a team from the semi-professional South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).
Game dates are slated for July 10 (vs. SEABL team), July 12 (vs. Australia MNT) and July 14 (vs. Australia MNT). All three games will be held at Hisense Arena, a 10,500-seat venue that serves as the home of Melbourne United, the city's franchise in the professional National Basketball League (NBL). The group will then return to the U.S. on July 15.
The six-day tour will also provide players the opportunity to experience Australian culture, visit historic landmarks, and engage in off-the-court activities in the country's second-most populous city.
Four-time conference coach of the year and 2016 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Mike Montgomery will serve as head coach. He will be joined on the coaching staff by Trent Johnson, a coach of the year in three different conferences, and former Stanford All-American guards Brevin Knight and Casey Jacobsen. The staff will lead a three-day training camp in Los Angeles from July 5-7 before the group embarks on the tour from July 9-14.
As freshmen, Eubanks and Thompson Jr. both played in all 32 games this past season and helped the Beavers reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 26 years.
A forward from Troutdale, Eubanks started 30 games and averaged 7.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots. His 39 blocks were the second most by a freshman in Oregon State history and his 146 rebounds are tied for the sixth most by a freshman in school history. He finished fourth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.580) and 12th in blocked shots (1.2).
Thompson Jr., a guard from Los Angeles, started the final five games of the season and averaged 10.6 points and 1.2 steals. He knocked down 48 3-pointers, the most by a freshman in Oregon State history. The biggest was a buzzer beater against Washington that gave the Beavers an important 82-81 victory. His 340 points are the sixth most by a freshman in Oregon State history and his 35 steals are the fifth most.