Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Oregon State awards a magical scholarship
By Diamond Leung
Oregon State junior forward Kevin McShane spent three seasons as a walk-on, and after being awarded a scholarship last week, he celebrated the achievement by appearing in a spoof video of a popular commercial.
In a nod to the State Farm ad, the Oregon State jingle goes, "Cuz I'm a Beaver, I get what I want." McShane exclaims, "Can I get a scholarship?" Coach Craig Robinson suddenly appears and smiles as he hands McShane the scholarship.
"It's been something I've wanted since I was a kid," McShane said in a statement. "I thought being a scholarship athlete is how you make it. When I got here, I realized it wasn't about being a scholarship athlete; it was about working hard and leading by example. But it all meant a lot and made my dream come true when I put the pen to paper today."
McShane, the son of former Oregon State basketball player Bill McShane, was born to be a Beaver, telling the school he chose to transfer there from a community college because "orange and black look good on me."
He was the first player Robinson added to the program after being hired, spent two seasons as a team captain and last season was one of only two players to appear in all 31 games. McShane averaged less than a point per game, but made three starts and will be the team's lone senior next season. He has impressed Robinson with his work ethic.
"He has done a tremendous job on and off the court and has been terrific in the classroom and in practice to earn some starters minutes," Robinson said in a statement. "We really look forward to have him continue his leadership that he has exhibited since he joined our program."