CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s basketball team has signed three players to letters-of-intent for the 2007-08 season, head coach Jay John announced today. They are guard Calvin Haynes (Reseda, Calif.), forward Omari Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) and forward/center Ilija Milutinovic (Belgrade, Serbia).
Johnson is currently a senior at Dorsey High School, while Haynes (South Kent School) and Milutinovic (Worcester Academy) are attending prep schools back east. Haynes and Milutinovic will be competing in the same conference (New England Prep School Athletic Conference class A).
This is the second time Haynes has signed a letter-of-intent with the Beavers. He also signed last November when he was a senior in high school. However, a decision was made to send him to a prep school this season to improve his academic standing.
“This recruiting class plugs in a few holes and gaps that we may have been missing with the current group of freshmen,” John said. “We recruited two forwards, both capable of going inside and outside, and also a combo guard who is a scorer at the guard spot. Between this class and the last one, our talent and our skill level is going up another notch. They’re good enough to come in and challenge guys for minutes next year as freshmen. That will be healthy for the team.”
Following are capsule biographies and quotes about Oregon State’s three signees:
CALVIN HAYNES (6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Reseda, Calif.)
Currently attending South Kent School in South Kent, Conn. … Hoop Scoop has him rated at #31 in the country among fifth-year seniors … Graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., in 2006 ... A two-time all-state third team, CIF All-Los Angeles City Section first team, Los Angeles Times All-San Fernando Valley first team and L.A. Daily News All-Area first team selection ... Averaged 21.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a senior and was the West Valley League co-Player of the Year ... Taft (24-7) reached the L.A. City Section championship game before falling ... Scored 27 points in the championship contest against Westchester ... Named to the 2005-06 Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second team ... Ranked among the nation’s top 200 seniors by Hoop Scoop ... Ranked #9 among West Coast shooting guards by The Insiders ... Averaged 22.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior, helping Taft to a 22-5 record ... Named to the All-West Valley League first team and the all-state underclassman team ... As a sophomore, started in Taft’s backcourt with former UCLA star Jordan Farmar ... Averaged 14.9 points as a sophomore, second best on the team, and hit the game-winning shot in the city championship game ... Played at the 2005 adidas Superstar Camp and was named to the all-camp team.
OMARI JOHNSON (6-foot-7, 205 pounds, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Currently a senior at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, Calif. … Has been selected to the 2006-07 Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West third team … Known for his outstanding shooting skills from the outside … Averaged 11 points and seven rebounds while coming off the bench as a junior … Helped Dorsey reach the 2006 CIF L.A. City Section quarterfinals … Was also on the varsity as a sophomore … Has played club basketball with the I-Can All Stars … Was born in Jamaica and also lived in New York.
ILIJA MILUTINOVIC (6-foot-10, 240 pounds, Belgrade, Serbia)
Pronounced ILL-ee-yah MILL-uh-TIN-oh-vitch … Currently attending a year of prep school at the Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass. … He is a member of Serbia & Montenegro’s Under-18 National Team … Competed at the 2006 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany (one of the top international tournaments for U-18 players), and the Serbia & Montenegro team came in third … Last played at the club level for the KK Hemofarm junior team in Vrsac, Serbia … He averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots last season … Took part in the 2006 ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J.
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