OSU Moves Up With Washington, Pivec

OSU Moves Up With Washington, Pivec
Mikayla Pivec

Madison Washington (15) committed to Oregon State on Tuesday, roughly a week after Mikayla Pivec (above) picked the Beavers.

The last week has been good on the recruiting front for Oregon State, landing verbal commitments from  two ELITE 150 prospects.  Late last week it was No. 52 Mikayla Pivec of Lynnwood, Wash., giving the Beavers her pledge and on Tuesday No. 65 Madison Washington of Las Vegas, Nev., became head coach Scott Rueck’s fourth commitment in the 2016 class.

Pivec, a 5-foot-10 wing, chose Oregon State over finalists Stanford and Washington.  Washington, a 6-1 combo-forward, chose the Beavers over Gonzaga, South Carolina and Washington.

Pivec is a savvy perimeter player capable of contributing at as many as four positions while Washington provides scoring in the post as well as the versatility to step out and knock down threes, depending on matchups.

This duo joins previous OSU commitments from No. 42 Kat Tudor, a sharpshooting wing from Woodbridge, Calif., and No. 140 Janessa Thropay, a 6-0 power forward from Chino, Calif.

This was an important recruiting class for Rueck and his staff as a big portion of the core that has elevated the program to national ranking and one of the favorites in the Pac-12 Conference is set to graduate this spring.  The Beavers graduate five players including leading scorer Jamie Weisner, leading rebounder and shotblocker Ruth Hamblin, and starting power forward Deven Hunter.

The additions move Oregon State’s 2016 recruiting class to No. 12 in the nation with just over a week before the early signing period opens.


Oregon State 2016 Class

2016 Recruiting Class Rankings

Chris Hansen is managing editor of ProspectsNation.com and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees.  He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase.  He can be reached at chris@prospectsnation.com.

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