Two Beavers will declare for NBA Draft
CORVALLIS — Oregon State sophomores Drew Eubanks and Stevie Thompson will test the professional basketball waters as both will declare for the upcoming NBA Draft.
Neither player is expected to hire an agent, which will allow them to return to school and pull out of the draft pool following evaluations from NBA officials.
“The current early-entry process with the NBA Draft can be a positive if used properly," Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said in a statement Tuesday. "Guys who have the potential to be pros can test the waters and get feedback from NBA teams as to their prospects and things they need to work on.
“They can continue to work hard to make themselves better as individuals and ultimately will make our team better moving forward if they combine that with the feedback we give them. Once again, this is a great tool that can be used if done in the right manner. We are excited for our guys and give them our full support.”
Players have until May 24 to withdraw from the NBA Draft, to be held June 22. The draft combine is May 9-14 in Chicago.
Eubanks, a 6-foot-10 forward, was one of the Beavers' most improved players while averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and shooting 58.7 percent from the floor.
Thompson, a 6-4 guard, averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists with a 39.7 shooting percentage.
Neither player is listed as a draft prospects by major websites that conduct mock drafts. Eubanks is considered a likely candidate for the 2018 draft by some sites.
Oregon State, which finished its season 5-27 with a loss to California in the Pac-12 tournament, currently has two scholarships available for next season.
Senior post Cheikh N'diaye played just nine games due to a shoulder injury and could seek a medical redshirt. Guard Malcolm Duvivier, a junior in the 2015-16 season while helping the Beavers to the NCAA tournament, sat out this past season due to personal reasons.
Oregon State has signed incoming freshmen Zach Reichle, a wing from Wilsonville considered the top 2017 prospect in the state, and guard Ethan Thompson, who led his team to the California open division state championship this past weekend in Sacramento.
Ethan Thompson is the brother of Stevie Thompson and son of OSU assistant coach Stephen Thompson.