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Eric Moreland withdraws name from draft, returns to Oregon State

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Optimism in Corvallis.

It seems we go through the same story every offseason with Oregon State -- how the Beavers could be primed to take the next step in the Pac-12. The Beavers did win 21 games in 2012, but dropped last season to 14-18.

Next year should bring improvement, though, especially with double-double machine Eric Moreland announcing on Monday afternoon that he has withdrawn his name from NBA Draft consideration and will return to Oregon State.

“I have a great group of guys here and we have a really special team, not only on the court, but we have chemistry that you just want to be a part of,” Moreleand said in a release. “I would love to come back another year and play with them and get to the NCAA tournament and have a great year."

Coach Craig Robinson brings back four starters from this past season, led by Moreland and high-level scorer Roberto Nelson. Devon Collier was a matchup problem at times last season, and Ahmad Starks brings punch at the point. Jarmal Reid and Challe Barton also started double-digit games.

In addition to those six, big man Angus Brandt returns after missing all but four games due to injury, and center Daniel Gomis is back after redshirting.

Robinson could be on the hot seat heading into next year, as he has yet to go to a postseason tournament outside of the CBI. Throw in this past season's last-place finish, and he will need improvement despite being signed through the 2017 season.

Moreland's return will certainly help.

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