Gligorije Rakocevic Signs NLI With Men’s Hoops

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State men’s basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff added another piece to their nationally-ranked recruiting class on Monday with the addition of center Gligorije Rakocevic.

Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center from Bijelo Polj, Montenegro, joins one of the best recruiting classes in Beaver basketball history, which also includes Derrick Bruce, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Orlando, Fla.; Drew Eubanks, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from Troutdale, Ore.; Stephen Thompson, Jr., a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Torrance, Calif., and Tres Tinkle, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Missoula, Mont.

Click on this link for the release announcing the four student-athletes who signed on Wednesday.

Rakocevic currently attends Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Los Angeles, Calif., where he averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season after moving to America. He is a three-star center according to Rivals and 247Sports.

“Gligorije is a great addition to this recruiting class,” Coach Tinkle said. “He’s 6-10, 6-10 1/2, 245 pounds, and will probably be 260 by the time he gets here. He’s a very physical post, but he’s not a plodder. He can get out in space, guards the pick and roll well, gets up and down the floor, can step out and knock down shots as well as finish around the basket.

“He’s not going to be a guy who is jumping over people, but he has no problem trying to go through them. That’s something we felt we really needed to add in this mix.”

Rakocevic chose Oregon State because "of the wonderful basketball they have, the coaching staff, and also the new recruits that will be entering the year I do. I feel as if I have a better opportunity within this basketball program to better my future career.”

Click on the YouTube link below to watch highlights of Gligorije Rakocevic:

TICKETS: Oregon State is offering an exclusive #Commit2Wayne ticket plan that provides fans with season tickets for a flat $199 (tickets were $364 last season). The price will gradually step up the following seasons ($249, $299, $349) but remain affordable, and there is no obligation to commit to all four years. Season tickets will be $349 next year and beyond for fans who do not take advantage of this unique opportunity this year. Fans can secure their season tickets for a $25 deposit by calling 800-GO-BEAVS or visiting beavertickets.com.

PAUL VALENTI TRIBUTE: Every ticket this season will feature an image of Paul Valenti, an Oregon State athlete, coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for more than 70 years, who passed away this past September. The team will wear a PV patch on their jerseys in honor of the Oregon State legend.

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