For the second straight year, the Oregon State women’s basketball program has signed a highly regarded recruiting class.
OSU announced on Thursday that three players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Beavers next season.
The class includes Gabriella Hanson, Sydney Wiese and Kolbie Orum. Two of the three also have experience abroad representing their countries in international competition.
‘I am grateful for all the efforts of our staff to once again attract an amazing recruiting class to Oregon State University,” third-year coach Scott Rueck said in a release. “This is another dynamic group of student-athletes who are outstanding basketball players as well as high-quality individuals in every aspect of their lives. We all are excited to have each of them join our basketball family.”
Wise, a 6-foot point guard out of Pinnacle High in Phoenix, highlights the class. A four-star athlete, Wiese is the 80th-ranked prospect in the nation according to ESPN HoopGurlz and is the third top-100 commit of the past two years to choose OSU, joining current players Jamie Weisner and Samantha Siegner.
“In Sydney we will be adding a dynamic floor leader to our program,” Rueck said. “She has proven to be one of the best shooters in the country and is an elite passer. At 6-0 she has great size for a point guard, but is very versatile and can play multiple guard positions.”
Hanson is a three-star recruit out of Troy High in Fullerton, Calif. The 5-11 guard is the 28th-ranked wing in the country and spent the past two summers playing for Sweden in FIBA Women’s European Championships. She suited up for Sweden in Italy for the U16 Championships in 2011 and in Romania for the U18’s in 2012.
“Gabby brings the experience of high-level international play,” Rueck said. “She is a fierce competitor, has a very mature game and does a little bit of everything on the court. She has deep shooting range, can play multiple guard positions and is a great athlete who will be an outstanding defender for us.”
Orum, a 6-3 forward, completes the class. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia, native’s decision to come to Corvallis marks the second time in as many years the Beavers have ventured north to find a post player. Orum will join fellow Canadian Ruth Hamblin next season, and like Hamblin, Orum has represented Team Canada in international play, doing so at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships for Women in Amsterdam this past August and at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships for Women in Mexico in 2011.
“Kolbie is a powerful and versatile forward who brings valuable high-level international experience and toughness to our program,” Rueck said. “She is skilled offensively and can play inside or outside. Defensively, she is a warrior who can guard all three frontcourt positions.”