Josh Tarver and Calvin Hampton Sign Letters of Intent

Nov. 10, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University men's basketball head coach Jay John announced Wednesday the signing of Josh Tarver of Jesuit High School in Portland and Calvin Hampton of New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton, NH.

Tarver averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals for Jesuit last season. The 6-3 165-pound point guard helped the Crusaders place third in the 4A state tournament last March and in the process earned first team all-tournament honors. Tarver was a second team all-state selection last year as well and is a two-time All-Metro League pick. As a sophomore he averaged 15.9 points, three assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

'Josh is the first high caliber athlete to come to Oregon State from the Portland area during my tenure as head coach, and I'm excited about that,' John said. 'We will have two senior point guards in the program next year, so Josh understands he will have an opportunity to lead a Pac-10 team for three seasons, as well as contribute next year as a true-freshman. Josh is a winner, he's an excellent student and he's a very good person - all qualities we look for in bringing a student-athlete to Oregon State.'

Josh is the younger brother of Zach Tarver, a current freshman on the OSU football team. Zach is a receiver prospect who is redshirting this season. Josh's older brother, Shon, was a standout guard at UCLA from 1991-94 and beat the Beavers with a three-point basket at Pauley Pavilion with five seconds remaining in a Feb. 11, 1993 game.

Hampton is a 6-9, 245-pound forward who is a graduate for Friendly High School in Fort Washington, MD. He helped Friendly to the state title in 2004, and while at Friendly grew seven inches. He averaged five points, five rebounds and three blocked shots as a senior.

'Calvin is a very good athlete and has a terrific frame,' John said. 'He may weigh about 240 pounds right now, but in a couple years he'll be at 260 pounds or more. Calvin has long arms and he is more of a shot blocker than what we currently have in the program.'

Hampton's legal guardian O.J. Brooks and current OSU assistant coach Kevin Mouton played for John at Jamestown Community College in New York in the late 1980s.

'I like to play in the paint, but I can move outside as well,' Hampton said. 'If I work hard this year and when I arrive at Oregon State, I think I can make an immediate impact. Oregon State felt like a great fit for me after I visited and I'm looking forward to being a student-athlete at the school.'

Oregon State has one remaining scholarship to offer for the 2005-2006 season. The early signing period extends through Nov. 17.