Junior College Forward Joins Men's Basketball Program

March 17, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Jim Hanchett (han-SETT) of Utah Valley State College will join the Oregon State University men's basketball program this spring, it was announced Monday by Beaver head coach Jay John. Hanchett has signed an athletic scholarship agreement form and will enter OSU for the spring term, which begins March 31.

The 6-5 220-pound forward led the Wolverines to a 26-7 record in the recently concluded season, and to second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. He averaged a team-high 15.4 points, a conference-high 11.3 rebounds, and shot 58 percent from the field. He also played his freshman season (1999-2000) for current OSU assistant coach Jeff Reinert, and led the league in rebounding with a 9.3 average. He served a two-year LDS Mission between his freshman and sophomore years.

'A key fact in my decision to attend Oregon State is that Coach Reinert is on the staff.' Hanchett said. 'I trust the coaching staff, and I believe in Coach John's vision for the future for Oregon State basketball.'

Hanchett helped UVSC to the Region 18 title game, where it lost to 2002 national champion Dixie State College 78-74 in overtime. He earned first team All-SWAC both seasons.

'Jim will certainly help this program in terms of toughness, athleticism, and particularly in the rebounding area,' John said. 'Jim has experience in one of the best junior college conferences in the country, thus the coaching staff is excited about his ability to play at this level and to make an immediate impact.'

Hanchett started all 23 games that he appeared in as a sophomore. He missed seven contests early in the season with a stress fracture. He recorded 14 double-doubles with season highs of 28 points vs. Salt Lake Metro College and 20 rebounds vs. Salt Lake City College.

'My strength is that I will work hard and give one hundred percent,' Hanchett said. 'Rebounding is a particular strength and I score with regularity off of offensive rebounds.'

Hanchett was born at Fort Lewis, Wash. He attended McIntosh High School in Atlanta, where he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds as a senior in helping the Chiefs to a 20-4 record. Hanchett was selected to the all-region team as both a junior and senior.

Oregon State has three scholarships remaining for the official late signing period, which runs April 16-May 15.

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