Oregon State Basketball: Beavers pursuing two highly-touted Junior College transfers

Oregon State Basketball is still looking to add to their 2020 recruiting class.

Junior college transfer Maurice Calloo received an offer from Oregon State Basketball on March 31. Calloo, rated as the 65th best prospect by JUCO Recruiting, produced one double-double and scored in double-figures 15 times, which included dropping 20 in Indian Hills victory over Kankakee CC on Jan. 11. He averaged 9.1 points on 45.6% shooting from the field along with 3.9 rebounds over 20 minutes of action in 33 appearances. The Windsor (Canada) product also went 39 of 111 (35.1%) from the 3-point line.

The 6-10 forward is a fluid athlete who excels on the offensive end both in halfcourt and transition situations. He can score inside or outside as well as off the dribble. Calloo is an excellent finisher through contact while also possessing the ability to create his shot. He does need to be more consistent and improve his rebounding.

Calloo will have two years of eligibility remaining. He began his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, where he appeared in 16 games before being dismissed from the team for being involved in vandalizing two vehicles in Stillwater. Calloo had planned to transfer to Cleveland State before ultimately deciding to go the junior college route.

Calloo is the second junior college transfer that Oregon State has offered recently as the Beavers offered Tallahassee Community College guard Tariq Silver on March 23. Silver had an outstanding season as he averaged 12.1 points, 2.6 3-pointers, and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 49.3% from the field as well as 45.5% from the 3-point line and 82.7% from the free-throw line. He produced two double-doubles and scored in double-figures 20 times, which included four 20-point outings.

The 6-5 strong-bodied guard can score on all three levels but his best asset, by far and away, is his shooting as he gets into his shot quickly and has a pretty quick release.  Silver also can create his own shot off the dribble, though he is not great at doing that. And while he is very long, the Clarksville (TN) native is just an okay athlete.

Silver began his career at Eastern Michigan, averaging 3.3 points a game in 23 appearances during the 2018-19 season after red-shirting the previous season. He has a host of offers, including Wichita State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Drexel, Toledo, College of Charleston, and Eastern Carolina, among others. Silver is ranked as the 25th best prospect by JUCO Recruiting.

Oregon State just lost seniors Tres Tinkle, and Kylor Kelly, both of them are huge losses. However, the Beavers don’t currently have a scholarship available for 2020 as they have already signed three-star forward Isaiah Johnson to a National Letter of Intent and have a verbal commitment from junior college transfer Rodrigue Andela (Kilgore College).

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Obviously, someone could leave the program, or it is also possible the Beavers could pull the scholarship from Andela, however unlikely that is.