Gary Payton II signs letter of intent to join Oregon State

March 13, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon State Beavers head coach Craig Robinson (center) instructs his team in a huddle against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half in the first round of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Colorado defeated Oregon State 74-68. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Payton II, who gave his verbal commitment to the Oregon State Beavers last week, has officially signed his letter of intent to join the program. He is currently playing at Salt Lake Community College and is averaging 11.0 points per game.

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson offered some thoughts to The Oregonian about the signing, saying that he expects the younger Payton to be a contributor to the team despite not quite being as talented as the elder Gary Payton:

You don’t want to say one signing is more exciting than another, but given the family connection and the relationship we have with the Paytons, it’s so nice to be able to get another Gary Payton on the roster. Gary Payton II is going to be a terrific player for us. He’s not Gary Sr. and we won’t be asking him to score as many as Gary did, but from a defense standpoint and a sort of helping your team win, he’s going to do a lot for this program.

Gary Payton, of course, is one of the best players in the history of Oregon State basketball. He’s OSU’s career leader in points, steals, and assists, and he was named the National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1990.

The Beavers are currently 2-1 this season are are coming off a big win over the Maryland Terrapins.

[Source: The Oregonian]

Topics: Craig Robinson, Gary Payton II, Oregon State Beavers

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