Lamar Hurd Signs with Men's Basketball

May 14, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - Lamar Hurd of Heritage Christian High School in Cleveland, Texas has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball, it was announced Tuesday by first-year Oregon State University men's basketball head coach Jay John.

Hurd is a 6-4 point guard who averaged 9.8 points, 9.7 assists, and eight rebounds last season. He also had 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio at the recent National Academy Tournament in Houston.

'When I was hired I talked about the need to get a Pac-10 caliber type point guard - I firmly believe we have that in Lamar Hurd,' John said. 'He's a wonderful young man and he may be the class Valedictorian. He is going to be a terrific player for Oregon State University.'

Hurd sparked Heritage Christian, a small private school near Houston, to a 29-7 record last season. He was recruited by numerous schools, including Baylor, Northwestern, Arkansas, and Houston. Hurd is also the third player from the 2001-2002 Heritage Christian team to sign with a Division I program, joining University of Houston signee Cedric Hensley and University of Richmond signee Tim Mays.

'I met some great people on my visits to other schools, but after a lot of thought, I just felt a special bond with the individuals at Oregon State,' Hurd said. 'From the coaching staff, to the trainer, to the academic advisors, I felt extremely comfortable with Oregon State.'

Hurd, who has been listed on several recruiting services Top-100 list, is the first individual to sign with John at Oregon State. The guard will join the incoming Tacoma freshmen duo of Justin Holt and Kevin Field. Holt and Field signed with the Beavers during the early letter of intent period last November.

'He is what we call in this business a true point guard,' Christian Heritage head coach Jerome Tang said of Hurd. 'He has great vision, poise, he doesn't get rattled, and is a very good vocal leader. He will make immediate contributions at Oregon State.'

'The impact that Lamar will have for this program is he will allow individuals on this team to play their natural positions,' John continued. 'He is a natural point guard, and with his height, he will be able to see over traps and find people. His impact may not be seen in terms of double-doubles, but more in our efficiency on offense. The two happiest people on this team right now are Philip Ricci and Brian Jackson. Both of them now know they are going to get the ball in good positions, which will make our offense much more efficient.'

Oregon State now has 11 student-athletes on scholarship as the late signing period concludes Wednesday. Division I men's programs can carry a maximum of 13 scholarship student-athletes per season.

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