Emonte Jernigan Leaves the Men's Basketball Program

March 13, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Sophomore Emonte Jernigan has decided to leave the men's basketball program, it was announced Tuesday by head coach Ritchie McKay. Jernigan will transfer to a yet to be determined institution, following spring term.

The 6'3' guard played in 19 games during the 2000-2001 season, starting five. He averaged 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, and shot .398 from the field. He scored a season-high 20 points off the bench Jan. 13 at California. He also had games of 18 points at UCLA, and 17 points at Southern California.

'Emonte decided to leave in search of a heightened playing role in a program, and that is something I certainly understand,' McKay said. 'I'm very thankful to him for his contribution to Oregon State basketball, and wish him nothing but success.'

Jernigan came to Oregon State prior to the season from Santa Rosa Junior College, where he played one season. He averaged 17.5 points and shot 50 percent from three-point range on his way to All-Bay Valley League honors. He played as a prep at El Cerrito High School in Northern California.

The departure of Jernigan leaves the OSU coaching staff with another scholarship to work with during the spring signing period. The program now has two openings on the roster, to add to the three players who signed during the fall letter of intent period. The spring signing period is April 11 through May 15.

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