Men's Basketball Players Set to Graduate

June 9, 2005

Corvallis - Four of the five seniors on the 2004-05 men's basketball team will have graduated after this week, and the other is on track to graduate this summer, according to head coach Jay John. In addition, two players have earned additional academic honors.

'The objective we have for our players is to be successful student-athletes,' John said. 'We want their experience here to be one that they'll treasure. I'm proud of these five guys that will graduate this year, and we have four more on track to graduate next year. They've made an investment in their own lives that will reward them in the future.'

One of those five seniors, Derek Potter, recently earned two awards from the College of Business. One was the school's prestigious Target/College of Business Undergraduate Leadership Award. According to the department, it is the highest honor awarded to an undergraduate business student. He was honored at a luncheon in late May. And, as a business management student, he received the Jack Rettig Award for Responsible Business and Personal Integrity.

'I didn't expect any awards,' Potter said. 'It's nice to be recognized for something that I put in a lot of time and effort. It's also nice to be recognized for something other than athletics.'

Of the five seniors, David Lucas and Vic Remmers have already graduated, J.S. Nash will graduate along with Potter this weekend, while Jim Hanchett should graduate this summer. Lucas and Nash are liberal studies majors, while Hanchett is a science major and Remmers is a business major. Hanchett earned Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors this past season.

Additionally, Lamar Hurd, who will be a senior in 2005-06, has been named a 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar. He earned a spot on the organization's men's basketball second team. The Arthur Ashe Sports-Scholar awards honor undergraduate students of color that have achieved both in academics and athletics. Hurd, a three-year starter at point guard, is a communications major with a 3.22 cumulative grade-point average. He earned Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors this past season.

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