Hanchett Out With Shoulder Surgery

Feb. 7, 2005

Corvallis - The Oregon State men's basketball team has suffered a significant loss among its post players, as senior forward Jim Hanchett will have surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the season, OSU Coach Jay John announced today.

Hanchett, a two-sport athlete for the first time in 2004-05, suffered an initial injury during football season in the fall, and it got progressively worse. He played in 19 basketball games this season (starting one) and averaged 2.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 12.4 minutes. He has been a crowd favorite for his energetic play and his tough defense against opposing big men.

'The pain in my shoulder has gotten to the point where I have to do this,' Hanchett said. 'You hate to be injured, but I've had enough experiences in my life to know that things happen for a reason. I'm still hopeful and excited about what this team can accomplish this year. I'll do everything I can to continue to be supportive and a good teammate.'

The surgery, which is to repair a torn labrum, will be performed by the team physician, Dr. Ron Wobig.

'Certainly, we will miss Jim's physical play inside,' John said. 'Our other post players will need to provide that same kind of effort as they take over his minutes.'

Hanchett, a two-year player for the Beavers, transferred from Utah Valley State. Last season, he finished fourth on the Beavers in scoring (7.3 ppg) despite not starting any games. He earned the team's Lew Beck Award for top newcomer and OSU's Waldo-Cummings Award for outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements. During football season last fall, he was a reserve tight end and played on special teams.

Oregon State (12-9 overall, 4-6 Pac-10) next hosts the Washington schools this weekend, beginning with Washington State on Thursday (Feb. 10) at 5:30 p.m.

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