Men's Basketball adds Junior College Forward

April 24, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

Forward Jarman Sample of Colby Community College in Kansas has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at Oregon State University, it was announced Tuesday by Beaver Head Coach Ritchie McKay.

Sample, a 6'9' 215-pound forward, averaged 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds as a freshman last season. He shot .514 (126-245) from the field and .669 (91-136) from the free throw line. He led the team in scoring in three games and was selected the program's top rebounder.

'Jarman is a terrific addition for us, especially considering the lateness of this recruiting process,' McKay said. 'He possesses very good athleticism, and we expect him to compete for immediate playing time. He is a very good fit for our program, and the entire coaching staff is excited about his potential at Oregon State University.'

Sample played as a prep at Westside High School in Macon, Georgia. He lettered three years, averaging 13 points and seven rebounds as a senior. He was an All-Middle Georgia and All-City selection his final season. Sample, who played with current University of Kentucky sophomore guard Gerald Fitch, holds the school record for blocked shots in one game with eight.

'My game is fairly versatile,' Sample said. 'I'm quicker than most forwards my size, I can handle the ball, I can play on the inside or outside, and I'm a solid rebounder.'

Sample, who had the opportunity to sign with Kansas State University following his prep career, will have three years of eligibility starting in October.

'I was hesitant about leaving Colby early,' Sample said. 'Once I got to know the coaching staff however, especially Coach McKay and Coach (Scott) Didrickson, I felt comfortable playing my remaining three years at Oregon State.'

Sample is the fourth newcomer to be added to the roster for the 2001-2002 season. He joins incoming freshmen guards Joe See of Concord, Cal., Floyd North of San Diego, and J.S. Nash of Moreno Valley, Cal. The program has one remaining scholarship available for the recruiting session that concludes May 15, but the coaching staff 'is considering holding the scholarship for next year.'

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