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Class of 2014 Power Forward Cameron Oliver Commits to Oregon State

UPDATE:   

Class of 2014 power forward Cameron Oliver has committed to Oregon State. Beaver's head coach Craig Robinson, despite being on the hot seat, has done well on the recruiting trail. Oliver is the fourth recruit he has nabbed in this class. Oliver, 6'8" 225 lbs, plays his high school ball for Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California. He is rated three stars by Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN, and Scout, respectively. Before choosing Oregon State, Oliver had received offers from rival Pac-12 schools, including Arizona State, Oregon, and UCLA.

ANALYSIS:

Hear that? That is the sound of college basketball coaches across the country sighing and scratching Cameron Oliver's name off their class of 2014 recruiting list. After being one of the most sought after players that had yet to choose a college destination in the 2014 class, Oliver has finally decided on Oregon State. After a paltry 2013-14 season for the Beavers, coach Craig Robinson needs a lifeline to prolong his tenure in Corvallis. Oliver won't be able to save Robinson by himself, but he certainly brings a lot to the table. Oliver is more athlete than power forward, but that is not a bad thing. He posseses great athleticism, and he utilizes it frequently to sky for blocks and slam home high-flying dunks. Oliver runs the floor extremely well for a big man, and he excels at filling the right lane, allowing his teammates to find him for easy slams. Oliver's not just strong at the basket though, as he can step out and knock down mid-range jumpers with ease. He has a smoothness to his game that makes everything he does on a basketball court look effortless. Oliver's biggest need for development comes in the post. While he can flush it home with the best of them and step out to hit jumpers, those outcomes will be rendered moot if he can't refine his post game and face-up skills to get to that point. His footwork isn't great, and he has no go-to move. Having an offensive game this raw is not unique to Oliver though, and there is a good chance his skills will quickly improve at Oregon State after receiving more coaching. Robinson's squad needed an infusion of athleticism, and Oliver is a great, athletic addition to the squad.

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