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improvement, though, especially with double-double machine Eric Moreland announcing on Monday afternoon that he has withdrawn his name from NBA Draft consideration and will return to Oregon State.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