Gary Payton II announced on Thursday that he’s given his verbal commitment to Craig Robinson and the Oregon State Beavers. Seeing as the Beavers have not made the NCAA Tournament since Gary Payton II’s father was on the team in 1990, “The Mitten” — as the younger Payton is called in reference to his dad’s famous “The Glove” nickname — will certainly have some big expectations to live up to for the orange and black.
Payton II discussed his decision with The Oregonian, calling OSU the optimal destination:
I just felt like this was the best situation for me right now. It’s just a real business decision, too, knowing it’s the same alma mater as my dad.
Father Payton was one of the best players in the history of OSU basketball. He averaged 18.1 points and 7.8 assists per game during his time at OSU, earning consensus All-American honors in 1990.
[Source: The Oregonian]