Picking the top five of any all-time list, at least in my experience, is fairly easy and the selections are generally obvious. Beyond that, it can become challenging. I found that to be the case as I chose 15 players for an Oregon State men's basketball all-time team.
OSU has five two-time All-Americans — Mel Counts, Cliff Crandall, Dave Gambee, Steve Johnson and Charlie Sitton — so I felt it necessary to include all of those athletes, regardless of what era they played in. From there, it became more difficult, though there were some no-doubt selections such as Gary Payton and A.C. Green.
The last few picks were challenging because Oregon State has had many talented players come through the program. Gary Payton II and Mark Radford were the last two to make my list.
I formed this all-time team based on the players' college accomplishments. There are several players not on the team who had better professional careers than they did with the Beavers.
***The players are not listed in any particular order. It's just a list, not a ranking order.***
Selecting the coaches was relatively straightforward. Amory "Slats" Gill and Ralph Miller are both in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
I hope you enjoy taking a look at my list.
— Jesse Sowa
Pictured above: Beaver great Gary Payton, seen here in 2015, was a collegiate national player of the year in 1990.