Chris Manker Leaves the Men's Basketball Program

Oct. 27, 2001

CORVALLIS, ORE. -

Oregon State University sophomore men's basketball player Chris Manker has elected to trasnsfer out of the program, it was announced Saturday by Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay. The 6'10' forward sited personal reasons for his departure.

Manker played in 21 games as a true-freshman last season, making three starts. He averaged 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. Manker was one of five returning lettermen from last year's club.

'The entire team is disappointed Chris is leaving us,' McKay said. 'He worked extremely hard in the time he was in this program, and we thank him for his contributions. We certainly respect his decision to transfer and wish him success in his future endeavors.'

Manker came to Oregon State after playing one season at Laguna Beach (Cal.) High School, where he averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a senior. He transferred to Laguna Beach from Valley High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he played three years.

The departure leaves OSU with 11 scholarship student-athletes for the 2001-2002 season, and a total of 14 players. The Beavers open the season Sun., Nov. 4 with an exhibition game against a foreign club sponsored by Sports Tours.

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