FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Wednesday that German forward Oscar Da Silva has decided to join the Stanford Cardinal for next season. Da Silva made an official visit to the campus in Palo Alto on October 14 and 15 and ultimately decided to join the Cardinal over rival Cal as well as a few Ivy League schools.
The lanky 6-9 forward played for the U18 German squad at the Albert Schweitzer tournament back in April and averaged seven points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over the course of seven games. Da Silva had this to say on his decision, via Scout.com.
“Stanford is a place where I wanna chase my dreams on and off the court and where I’m confident I will flourish in either one.”
He becomes the second verbal commit for Stanford’s 2017 class along with 6-8 forward Kezie Okpala of Esperanza High in Anaheim, California.
The Cardinal have appeared in the NCAA Tournament just once since head coach Johnny Dawkins took over before the 2008-2009 season. They made it all the way to the Sweet 16 after going 23-13 back in 2014, but they did win the NIT in both 2012 and 2015. Stanford is coming off a mediocre 15-15 campaign that saw them finish ninth in the PAC-12. They were ousted in the first round of the PAC-12 Conference Tournament and failed to qualify for any postseason competition for the first time since 2011.
Stanford will start the season on November 11 against Harvard in Shanghai, China.