Labeled by recruiting sites as the No. 1 prospect in Oregon for the class of 2017, shooting guard Zach Reichle made the decision to commit to one of the in-state programs.
Reichle pledged to attend Oregon State on Tuesday night, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports, choosing the Beavers after making several visits — mostly to west coast programs.
A 6-foot-4 wing talent, Reichle chose Oregon State over UC-Irvine, whom he declared as his final two schools — per Andrew Nemec of OregonLive.com. His final visit went to southern California, where the Irvine program could have obviously used a player graded as a three-star recruit by both ESPN.com and 247Sports.com.
“Oregon State, I feel the same way,” Reichle said earlier this week, via Nemec, about his comfort level with the Corvallis, Ore.-based school compared to the lower-level program in Irvine. “Obviously it’s Pac-12, so that’s a chance to compete. The coaches care about me, and I feel comfortable there. I feel comfortable at both places, and that’s what makes this decision so hard.”
Reichle joins a higher-profile recruit as well, with four-star shooting guard Ethan Thompson having committed to the Beavers a month ago. Both figure to provide the Pac-12 program with some wing talent and do so for a school not exactly known for its basketball acumen.
The Beavers went 19-13 last season and qualified for their first NCAA tournament since the Gary Payton era. Although Oregon State lost to VCU in the First Four, now-third-year coach Wayne Tinkle’s program took a step it hadn’t in decades to create some excitement around the team. Tinkle beat out Syracuse and Stanford for Thompson, so winning a recruiting battle with UC-Irvine — a Big West Conference program — for Reichle probably wasn’t as difficult.