Oregon State lands 5-star Timea Gardiner, the nation's No. 4 player originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The good news keeps flowing through Corvallis.
The Oregon State women's basketball program landed a commitment Sunday afternoon from forward Timea Gardiner, the nation's No. 4 overall player in the 2022 class per ESPN.
The 6'2" forward from Plain City, Utah represented the United States at the FIBA U16 Championship in 2019, winning gold after averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to help the USA to a 6-0 record.
Gardiner chose the Beavers over UCLA and Stanford. The three teams made up a top-three announced in February when she removed Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame from her consideration set.
Her father played professional basketball overseas in Belgium and played on the English National Team.
Last year as a sophomore, she was named the 2020 MaxPreps Player of the Year for the state of Utah after averaging 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, leading Fremont High School to a third consecutive Region 1 championship and to the 6A state championship game. She was also an honorable mention on the All-American teams.
Gardiner had season-ending knee surgery as a junior.
ESPN describes the 5-star as an "agile front court prospect displays efficient interior footwork, sells ball fakes and scores in traffic; emerging face up game in the key adds to the offensive arsenal; rebounds, physical on the block, workhorse on the glass; continues as a dominant post prospect in the class of 2022.”
She joins Raegan Beers and Adlee Blacklock in the Beavers 2022 recruiting class, with Beers being ranked as the tenth overall player in espnW's rankings for the class of 2022.