By Jesse Sowa

Corvallis Gazette-Times

Add Challe Barton’s name to the list of players of possible returnees who won’t be on next year’s Oregon State roster.

Barton, a point guard who recently completed his junior season, has returned home to his native Sweden to play professional basketball, an Oregon State spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Barton played in 26 games and started 14 last season, averaging 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He didn’t play in six of the final nine games of the season.

Earlier this month, junior forward Eric Moreland declared his entry into the NBA draft and freshman guard Hallice Cooke announced last week he will be transferring at the end of spring term.

With six others having used up their eligibility as seniors, that makes a total of nine players off last year’s team that won’t be returning.

That leaves the Beavers with five who played in at least 23 games and averaged at least nine minutes per game last season: sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker, freshman guard Malcolm Duvivier, junior forward Victor Robbins, freshman center Daniel Gomis and sophomore forward Olaf Schaftenaar.

Four players make up Oregon State’s current recruiting class.

The three high school players are guard Chai Baker, center Isaiah Manderson and power forward Cameron Oliver.

Gary Payton II is a guard and transfer from Salt Lake Community College. He is the son of OSU all-time great and Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton.