Brian Jackson Leaves the Men's Basketball Program

Feb. 20, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University junior forward Brian Jackson has left the men's basketball program, it was announced Wednesday by Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay.

'Brian indicated to me that he was leaving because he felt there was too much pressure being put on him by our fans, and he desired more of a heightened role in our offensive scheme,' McKay said. 'We certainly wish Brian the best in his future endeavors.'

The two-year letterman was the team's second-leading scorer (11.7) and rebounder (3.9). He was also second on the team for field goal attempts per minutes played and for overall field goal attempts per game. Jackson ranked among the Pac-10 Conference leaders for field goal percentage (.551) and free throw percentage (.802).

Jackson started 70 of 76 career games he appeared in at Oregon State. He missed three games this season due to an abdominal strain injury, did not play five contests his freshman season with a bruised knee, and was limited in other games due to various ailments over his two-plus year career. Foul problems were continually an issue for Jackson as well, as he was disqualified 17 times in 52 games over the last two seasons.

Jackson arrived on the OSU campus in the fall of 1999 from Knappa High School in Knappa, Ore., and played his freshman season for then head coach Eddie Payne. He came to OSU after leading the Loggers to a pair of state 2A titles. Jackson was a three-time all-state selection and the 2A Player of the Year twice. He left Knappa as the state's second all-time leading scorer with 2,515 points.

Jackson 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 four remaining regular season games Thursday at home against the University of Washington at 7:05 p.m. The Beavers, 11-14 for the season and 3-11 in the Pacific-10 Conference, are battling the Huskies for the eighth and final berth into the league's conference tournament, March 7-9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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