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OSU men's basketball: Beavers sign guard Xzavier Malone-Key
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OSU men's basketball: Beavers sign guard Xzavier Malone-Key

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Xzavier Malone-Key, a 6-foot-4 guard, has signed with Oregon State men's basketball after playing at Fairleigh Dickinson the past three years.

Xzavier Malone-Key is the latest player to sign with the Oregon State men's basketball season for the 2021-22 season.

The program announced the signing of Malone-Key, a 6-foot-4 guard from Philadelphia, on Thursday.

He attended Fairleigh Dickinson the last three years after transferring from Rider University. He started 26 games in 2019-20 and averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 48.1% from the field. He scored a career-high 29 points in a win over Quinnipiac. He opted to sit out the 2020-21 season.

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“We are thrilled to officially announce the addition of Xzavier to our program,” Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said. “He brings a lot of experience and athleticism to our team and will help us on both ends of the court. He’s a very good ball handler, has a knack of getting to the rim and is a tremendous finisher. He is the final piece of this class that we are all very excited about.”

Malone-Key is the seventh new player signed for the coming season. He joins 6-4 guard Dexter Akanno, 6-3 guard Dashawn Davis, 7-2 center Chol Marial, 6-8 forward Ahmad Rand, 6-6 forward Glenn Taylor Jr. and 6-5 guard Tre’ Williams.

In the 2018-19 season, Malone-Key averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while starting 29 games. He played in 23 games in his one season at Rider University in 2016-17 and totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Malone-Key attended Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and scored 1,173 career points, including 600 during his senior campaign. He was named the team’s most valuable player as a senior and earned second team all-state, first team all-area and first team all-league honors.

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