Tsagarakis to Redshirt 04-05 Basketball Season

Jan. 12, 2005

Corvallis - Sophomore guard Angelo Tsagarakis, who has missed the first 14 games of the basketball season due to an injured shoulder, will sit out the remainder of the season and take a medical redshirt, Oregon State head coach Jay John announced today.

Tsagarakis was a dangerous long-range shooter as a 2003-04 freshman, averaging 5.9 points while making an OSU freshman record 45 three-pointers. But he dislocated his right shoulder before this season began, forcing him to have surgery in mid-September. While he has been practicing since December, the shoulder is not yet 100 percent.

'The shoulder is doing better but I need to make sure it gets back to full strength and a full range of motion,' Tsagarakis said. 'My first feeling about redshirting is that it's terrible because we have such a special team this year and I want to contribute to it. But my second feeling is that I will still have three full years, and I'll be able to come back next year stronger and better than ever. I'll be able to stay in school for a fifth year and pursue a master's degree, so this all works out to be a good decision.'

Said John: 'We've reached the point where we think it's better to have Angelo redshirt this year. We didn't feel like we had to make a decision before now because this weekend is the first time that we won't be able to travel with everybody on the team (Pac-10 rules allow teams to travel with 13 players for conference games). Knowing that we'll have Angelo for three full, healthy years makes more sense than waiting and hoping to see if he can come back and make even a small contribution this season.'

Oregon State (10-4 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) next visits Washington State on Thursday (Jan. 13) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The game will televised by FOX Sports Net.

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