Jimmie Haywood Leaves the Men's Basketball Program

Feb. 18, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University junior guard Jimmie Haywood has left the men's basketball program, it was announced Monday by Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay. Haywood cited personal reasons for his departure.

The two-year letterman was the team's third-leading scorer this season this season at 9.0 points per game, and was third for minutes played at 27.7 and three-point field goals with 32. He played in 23 of the team's 24 games, starting 21. He and former teammate Philip Ricci missed the season opener due to a minor NCAA infraction for playing in a non-sanctioned summer league tournament.

'We appreciate all that Jimmie has done for this program,' McKay said. 'I'm sad to see him leave our program, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.'

Haywood started 46 of 80 career games at OSU, and departs eighth for all-time three-point field goals with 93. He averaged 7.5 points for his career and shot 40 percent from three-point range.

Haywood arrived on the OSU campus in the fall of 1999 from Franklin High School in Seattle and played his freshman season for then Beaver head coach Eddie Payne. He came to OSU after a prep career that included being selected to the All-KingCo League team twice and to the all-state team as a senior.

The highlight of Haywood's OSU career came Jan. 24 of this year in Pullman, Wash., when he made three of four free throws in the last six seconds to lift the team to a victory over Washington State. He scored a career-high 23 points in the game.

Haywood does have one year of eligibility remaining if he decides to transfer to another Division I program, he would be required to sit out the 2002-2003 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Oregon State plays one of its five remaining regular season games tonight at home against the University of Portland at 7:07 p.m. The Beavers, 10-14 for the season and 3-11 in the Pacific-10 Conference, conclude their home slate Thursday against Washington and Saturday versus Washington State.

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