Beavers basketball team heading to Europe for training in 2012
The OSU men's basketball team is heading overseas. We learned this week via a press release from OSUBeavers.com that this was the case.
They will leave for Europe Aug. 18-28, giving the Beavers 10 additional days of practice time and competition against quality opponents that will benefit the mixture of veterans and newcomers heading into the 2012-13 season.
College basketball teams are allowed to participate in preseason international trips every four years and head coach Craig Robinson said the timing couldn't be better for Oregon State with six newcomers eligible to compete for playing time next season.
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"As far as our European trip goes, we wanted to do it in a year when we have a lot of incoming players," Robinson said. "With our four freshmen coming in, plus Daniel Gomis, who didn't play last year, and Mike Moyer, who was a transfer last year and didn't play, the timing works out perfectly. That's six guys who are going to get some game experience from this trip, first and foremost. Secondly, with this trip in preparing for these games, you get 10 days of practice. So that's going to be real helpful for this group of newcomers."
The newest addition to the roster is Victor Robbins, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from Compton, Calif., who was a three-star recruit and brings athleticism and versatility to a team that is already known as one of the most athletic in the Pac-12 Conference.
"Victor Robbins is a good late addition; about as good as you can get," Robinson said. "He's athletic. He can play multiple positions. He's a really good ball handler for his size. He is also good at getting to the basket. If you look at his stats in games, he's more of a triple-double type threat than he is to get 40 points in a game. But he's got the ability to make shots as well as the ability to defend bigger guards. So he has a lot of tools that will help us right away."
The other three incoming freshmen include Langston Morris-Walker, a 6-5, 200-pound small forward from Berkeley, Calif., Maika Ostling, a 6-10, 230-pound center from Dayton, Ore., and Jarmal Reid, a 6-7, 225-pound small forward from Decatur, Ga.