Men's Basketball Adds Walkon Players

Oct. 10, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay has added three freshmen non-scholarship players to the 2001-2002 roster. Joining the roster are Ian Elseth of Grants Pass, David Lucas of Tigard, and Vic Remmers of Portland.

Elseth is a 6'7' forward who lettered three years for head coach Bill Cowell. He was the Southern Oregon Conference Player of the Year and a first team all-state selection as a senior. Elseth averaged 14.9 points for the Grants Pass High Cavemen last season.

'Ian has really surprised us,' McKay said. 'He has a great understanding of the game and is a tireless worker. I anticipate him fighting for playing time.'

The 6'6' Lucas is the son of former NBA standout Maurice Lucas. He was Tigard High School's team MVP as a senior in 2000, and was a second team All-Pacific-8 Conference selection. The forward enters the program as a redshirt-freshman, after attending OSU during the 2000-2001 academic year.

'David needs to continue to improve his strength, but he has tremendous potential,' McKay said. 'He has terrific bloodlines, and he will make a difference in the program in the future.'

Remmers, also a forward, averaged 20 points and six rebounds last season at Jesuit High School. The three-year letterman was a two-time All-Metro League selection and team MVP as a senior. Remmers' father, Wally, was a three-year letterman offensive lineman at OSU in football from 1974-76.

'Vic is a very good shooter,' McKay explained. 'He needs to make some improvement on the defensive end, but there is no question he will be an asset to this program.'

The addition of Elseth, Lucas, and Remmers increases Oregon State's roster to 15 student-athletes.

The team begins practice for the 2001-2002 season Saturday. A majority of practices held on Tuesdays and Thursdays are open to the public.

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