Men's Basketball Loses James Jones for the Season

Nov. 13, 2000

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University men's basketball student-athlete James Jones has been declared ineligible due to NCAA rules, it was announced Monday by Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay.

Jones, a 6'5' junior, was expected to compete for time at the small forward position. He redshirted last season after being hampered by knee injuries for most of the year.

The Los Angeles native came to Oregon State from Compton Junior College, where he averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore. He was a two-time all-state selection at Compton, and helped the program to the state JC title as a freshman. He played as a prep at Dominguez High School, helping the team to three straight state titles.

The loss of Jones leaves the program with nine active players for the Nov. 17 regular season opener at Gill Coliseum against Cal State-Fullerton. The team will be without the services of guard Emonte Jernigan, forward Philip Ricci, and center Derek Potter, all of whom are out with injuries. Jernigan and Potter are expected to return to practice before the Pac-10 Conference season, while Ricci will redshirt this year. McKay recently added freshman forward Jared Abell from Prineville, Ore., to the team as a walk-on.

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