David Lucas Sidelined Due to Injury

Oct. 28, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University men's basketball student-athlete David Lucas underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn tendon in his right great (big) toe, head coach Jay John announced. The 6-7 senior forward is expected to miss part of this season.

Lucas played with a less severe injury to the toe last season, but he aggravated the injury prior to the beginning of practice Oct. 16. He has been unable to practice at full speed and the decision was made to repair the tendon.

'We are hopeful we will have David back at some point this season,' John said. 'We also understand the nature of the rehabilitation process and we will not rush his return. It's important to this entire staff that David is completely healthy before he returns to game status.'

Lucas, a graduate of Tigard High School, was a first team All-Pacific-10 Conference performer last season after leading the team in scoring (17.2 pts), rebounding (6.9) and field goal percentage (.511). He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 23 after guiding the team to wins over nationally ranked Arizona and Arizona State at home. Lucas scored 20-plus points 13 times and was selected the team's MVP at the conclusion of the season.

Lucas is not eligible to redshirt this season due to his eligibility clock beginning when he attended OSU for the 2000-2001 academic year, even though he was not a team member.

The Beavers will open the year without the services of Lucas, sophomore guard Angelo Tsagarakis (dislocated shoulder), senior forward Jim Hanchett (football) and junior forward Nick DeWitz. Tsagarakis is expected to return to game action in December, Hanchett after his football responsibilities have concluded and DeWitz will return Dec. 11 after fulfilling the NCAA mandatory one-year transfer rule.

Oregon State plays its lone exhibition game Nov. 8 at Gill Coliseum against Western Oregon. The Beavers open regular season play Nov. 17 vs. Siena in the opening round of the Black Coaches Association Tournament in Raleigh, NC.

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