Jimmie Haywood Returns to the Men's Basketball Program
May 24, 2002
Haywood left the program, then coached by Ritchie McKay, on Feb. 18 with five games remaining in the 2001-2002 season. The 6-2 Seattle native was third on the team for scoring at the time of his departure averaging 9.0 points in 27.7 minutes of action. Haywood's best game of the season was a career-high 23-point effort in Oregon State's 74-72 victory at Washington State Jan. 24.
'Jimmie and I have had several discussions over the past few weeks, and we have come to an understanding of what is expected of him to be a part of this program and what he can expect from me as head coach,' John said. 'I believe this is the best decision for the program.'
The 2002-2003 season will mark the third coach that Haywood and senior teammates Brian Jackson and Mike Cokley have played for during their four years at the school. The three were originally recruited and signed by former coach Eddie Payne.
'Words can't describe how excited I am to be a part of this program again,' Haywood said. 'I appreciate Coach John and my teammates for allowing me to be a member of this team. I'm happy to have a fresh start, and be a part of a team that has tremendous potential.'
Haywood underwent knee and foot surgeries, performed by team physician Dr. Ronald Wobig, this spring. The knee (left) surgery was a result of an injury he suffered during the season, while the foot (left) surgery is a result of a postseason workout injury. Athletic trainer Michael 'Sandy' Sandago expects him to be back at full strength early this summer.
'The last few months have been extremely difficult for not only Jimmie, but for most of this team,' John said. 'Several of the student-athletes have played for three head coaches in four years, and that is a very difficult situation. I'm aware of Jimmie's abilities on the floor; I have been impressed by his play. He can flourish in our system, and I expect him to have the best season of his career.'
Haywood will enter his senior year with 46 starts in 80 career contests. He is eighth at OSU for career three-point field goals with 93.
'Jimmie and I have been through a lot together, and I'm thrilled to have him back as a teammate,' Jackson said. 'Both of us are looking forward to a new beginning to our careers at Oregon State. The entire team has been impressed by how Coach John and his staff have handled this situation and we feel the program is on the right track for future success.'
The addition of Haywood gives the Beavers 12 scholarship players for the 2002-2003 season. The NCAA allows Division I men's programs a maximum of 13 student-athlete scholarships for active players.
'Most of what has happened the last few months has been blown out of proportion,' Haywood added. 'I've already closed that chapter of my life, and I'm ready to move on and be successful this year and in the future.'