Hooks Granted Release to Transfer to Another School

April 12, 2005

Corvallis - Oregon State sophomore forward Kenny Hooks has been granted a release in order to transfer to another school, men's basketball head coach Jay John announced today.

'I'd like to go somewhere closer to home, closer to my family so they can watch more of my games,' said Hooks, who hails from Moss Point, Miss. 'That's my biggest reason for leaving. I had a great experience in my two years here.'

The 6-foot-6 Hooks appeared in 28 games and averaged 7.7 minutes, 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds as a 2004-05 sophomore. He saw a great deal of playing time during the non-conference season, but when David Lucas returned from injury and Nick DeWitz became eligible, Hooks' playing time decreased. As a 2003-04 freshman, he played in 27 games and averaged 9.7 minutes, 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds.

'We want to wish Kenny well in the future,' John said. 'He's done a solid job the past two years. He's been homesick at times and hopefully he'll find a school to play at that will resolve that issue.'

If he transfers to another Division I school, Hooks will have to sit out a year, then have two years of eligibility remaining. He may transfer to a lower-division school and play immediately.

Hooks' departure will free up a scholarship, which OSU coaches will try to fill in the coming months. The Beavers have three new players signed for 2005-06.

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