What: Oregon State basketball recruiting update

The Oregon State football program is still searching for its first recruiting class since the departure of two key players, as the Beavers continue their search for their first class in five years.

According to 247Sports, the 2017 class currently ranks eighth in the Pac-12 and the fifth-best recruiting class in the conference.

It also is the fourth class in program history that was led by two players who were also the top-three players in the 2017 recruiting class.

Freshman forward Alex Wooten, who committed to Oregon State earlier this month, will be the second Oregon State player to sign with the Beavs.

Wootan averaged 19.8 points per game for the Beaver’s 2016-17 team and was a key part of the team’s Final Four run in 2016.

Wooten committed to Michigan State earlier in the month.

The Spartans are the first Pac-10 program to offer Wooton an offer since March 2017, when he verbally committed to the Wolverines.

Wolverines coach Mike Brey said during a recent press conference that Wootens recruitment was important for the program.

“Alex Woot, he’s going to be a key piece for us going forward,” Brey told the Mercury News.

“We are going to have to get him committed.”

Wootens senior forward Marcus Allen is another key addition to the 2017 Oregon State recruiting class, as he chose the Beavan over offers from Florida, Kentucky, Kentucky State, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas, Utah and UCLA.

Allen averaged 12.9 points per contest for the 2017 team, but was not a consensus top-100 recruit coming out of high school.

He was ranked as the No. 1-rated player in the state of Oregon by Scout.com, but had been viewed as a potential lottery pick at times.

Allen is a 6-foot-8, 250-pound power forward, who is listed at 6-5 and 195 pounds.

He’s also listed at 195 pounds, which could help explain his lack of size, considering his length.

Wright, Allen and Woota are all expected to graduate from Oregon State this season, and they are all eligible to sign elsewhere next summer.

Watson, who played for the Oregon Ducks from 2012-16, has yet to play for the Golden Bears since being released in 2016, but he was an important piece to the team in 2017.

Watson averaged 19 points per-game as a senior in 2017, but averaged only 5.8 rebounds per game.

Wiley is also the son of former Oregon basketball player Chris Watson.