Final Recap of the 2002-2003 season
April 21, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. -
THE SEASON: First-year head coach Jay John guided the program to a record of 13-15 and 6-12 within Pac-10 Conference action. The 13 victories are the most for the program since the 1999-2000 season. The six conference victories are the most since the 1998-99 team won seven. Included in the conference victories were a sweep of USC and UCLA in Los Angeles for the first time since the 1987-88 campaign. The Beavers swept the two-game series from the Trojans for the first time since 1994-95. OSU also swept Washington for the third time in the last four years.
POSTSEASON ACCOLADES: Oregon State senior forward Philip Ricci ended his college career earning several postseason honors. The 6-7 Galt, Cal., native was selected to the Pacific-10 All-Conference Team -- the first Beaver to be named to that roster since Deaundra Tanner in 1999. Ricci was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District 9 Team. Senior forward Brian Jackson was selected to the Pac-10 Honorable Mention team and freshman guard Lamar Hurd earned honorable mention on the Pac-10's All-Freshman Team.
WHO'S BACK?Oregon State returns just one full-time starter and a total of eight returning lettermen for the 2003-2004 season, making it undoubtedly one of, if not the most inexperienced team in the Pac-10 for 2003-2004:Returning Starters (Years as of 2003-2004):
*G--Lamar Hurd, So., 6.4 pts, 3.9 reb, 3.8 astPoint guard...played all 28 games...top-10 in the Pac-10 for assists.Other Returning Letterwinners (Years as of 2003-2004):*C--Kevin Field, So., 0.3 pts, 0.4 rebPlayed in 20 games, averaged 3.8 minutes.*F--David Lucas, Jr., 6.6 pts, 3.6 rebStarted the last 3 games...major contributor at the end of the year.*G--J.S. Nash, Jr., 5.5 pts, 2.8 reb, 2.2 astPlayed 27 of 28 games...two starts...55 career games, most of any roster member.*C--Derek Potter, Jr., 1.5 pts, 1.6 reb46 career games...7.1 minutes per game in 2003.*G--Vic Remmers, Jr., 0.8 pts, 0.5 rebWalk-on...averaged 5.3 minutes in 11 games.*G--Chris Stephens, So., 3.6 pts, 0.6 rebPlayed in all 28 games...18 3-pt field goals, most of returners.*F--Sal Vance, So., 0.0 pts, 0.2 rebPlayed in five games.
NO SENIORS? Oregon State will enter the 2003-2004 season with no returning seniors on the roster. The last time the program was without a senior on its preseason roster was the 1978-79 campaign.
WHO'S GONE? The program loses six lettermen. These six lettermen accounted for 68 percent of the team's scoring, 57 percent of the rebounding, and 57 percent of the total minutes.Starters Lost:
*F--Philip Ricci, Sr., 16.5 pts, 8.2 reb1st team All-Pac-10...led the Pac-10 in rebounding....520 FG Pct.*F--Brian Jackson, Sr., 12.8 pts, 5.1 rebHonorable Mention All-Pac-10...left OSU with 101 starts...tied for 14th for career scoring at OSU with 1,236 points.*G--Jimmie Haywood, Sr., 10.7 pts, 3.1 reb108 career games...fifth at OSU for career three-point field goals with 144.*G--Floyd North III, So., 5.3 pts, 3.6 rebElected to transfer after spring term...started 21 games as a sophomore.Others Lost:*G--Mike Cokley, Sr., 0.5 pts, 0.1 reb61 career games...14 starts.*F--Jarman Sample, Jr., 3.0 pts, 2.6 rebPlayed in eight games and averaged 8.3 minutes...did not play the final 20 games due to Coach John's decision.
THE NEWCOMERS: Six newcomers will join the program for the 2003-2004 season:*Jason Fontenet, Jr -- will redshirt in 2003-2004 due to NCAA transfer regulations.5-10 guard...12.2 points and 4.0 assists as a sophomore at New Mexico State....369 (38-103) from three-point range.
*F--Jim Hanchett, Jr.6-5 power forward...enrolled at OSU for spring term '03...1st team All-Scenic West Conference at Utah Valley State College.*F--Kenny Hooks, Fr.6-7 forward from Moss Point High School in Mississippi...averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds as a senior...Biloxi Sun-Herald Player of the Year.*C--Liam Hughes, Fr.7-2 center from Modesto Christian HS in California...a native of Essex, England.*F--Kyle Jeffers, Fr.6-8 Forward from Mongomery High School in Santa Rosa, Cal.*G--Angelo Tsagarakis, Fr.6-3 guard from Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, Cal.
SIXTH PLACE: Tied for sixth is a modest placing in the Pac-10 Conference's overall standings, but it is a nice start to the Jay John era at OSU. Tied for sixth is the best the program has finished in the league since a tied for fifth showing during the 1992-93 campaign. The team was selected ninth in the preseason Pac-10 poll.
PUT THEM IN THE BOOK: Oregon State finished the year with four players starting every game, the most since the stat was kept at OSU beginning in the 1984 season. Brian Jackson, Philip Ricci, Jimmie Haywood, and Lamar Hurd were introduced in all 28 contests. In four of the last six seasons, the program has had zero players start every game.
EIGHTY WAS A GOOD GOAL TO HAVE: Oregon State scored 80-plus points in four conference games this season, the most since the 1995 team had 10. The Beavers were 4-0 when they hit 80-plus.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: Oregon State won six road games in 2002-2003 (USC, UCLA, UW, IPFW, Sac. St., Portland) the most since the 1990 team won seven games.
SHOOTING TWO: Oregon State's deficiency in perimeter shooting was at times painfully clear, but credit the coaching staff and team for knowing its strength -- in the paint. Thus, the Beavers earned trips to the free throw line. The team actually nearly converted more free throws (435) than its opponents attempted (439). OSU attempted 29 or more from the line in five of the last eight contests. Individually, Philip Ricci attempted 172 for the season, second in the Pac-10 to only Arizona State's Ike Diogu.
'IT'S A VERY SIMPLE GAME': A quote from the late Ralph Miller, and it pretty much sums up Oregon State's struggles at the end of the season -- it came down to the simple fact that the team just didn't shoot very well. The Beavers shot 40 percent or less in seven of their last nine games. OSU was 0-9 when it shot under 40 percent. The Beavers finished the season eighth in the Pac-10 with a .421 overall field goal percentage, and last for three-point field goal percentage at .300. The .300 percentage matched the lowest mark in the program's history (.300/1994) since the three-point shot was introduced to college basketball prior to the 1987 season.
CONSIDERING THE PAST, THIS IS A GOOD AVERAGE: Oregon State finished the season averaging 36.5 rebounds per game, fifth in the Pac-10. The average is the third-highest since the 1973-74 season (37.0). The program had finished 10th for rebounding in the conference the prior two seasons.
FRESHMEN IN THE PAC-10: Beaver point guard Lamar Hurd concluded the season leading the Pac-10 Conference for average minutes played by a freshman at 33.4 per game. Hurd played at least 30 minutes in every contest this season, except at California and at Arizona. Hurd ended the season as the first freshman to lead OSU in minutes played since Carson Cunningham (30.8) during the 1996-97 season, and averaged the most minutes by a Beaver freshman since Gary Payton (37.2) in 1987.
PRIZED POSSESSIONS: Oregon State concluded the season tied for first (ASU) in the Pac-10 Conference for turnovers per game at 13.7. The 13.7 average is the program's second-best mark since the 1990 season.
RETURN TO SENDER: Oregon State finished the year tied for fourth in the Pac-10 Conference for blocked shots, averaging 3.5 per game. The Beavers had 98 rejections for the season, the most since the 1992-93 team had 111.
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