Jay John Signs Three Prospects Wednesday

Nov. 13, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University men's basketball head coach Jay John announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday. Joining the Beavers for the 2003-2004 campaign will be Jeffree Williams of Portland, Ore., Liam (LEE-um) Hughes of Modesto, Calif., and Kyle Jeffers of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Williams attends Portland's Roosevelt High School. He hasn't played prep basketball for two years, but is a member of the school's roster for his senior season. The 6-9 225-pound power forward did compete in basketball for the Portland Elite Red AAU Team over the summer. As a freshman, he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for LaSalle High School in Milwaukie, Ore.

'Jeffree possesses a combination of size, shooting ability, and athleticism,' John said. 'His skills are fairly unique for a person of his size, and he will allow this program to do different things with his wide range of abilities.'

Hughes is at Modesto Christian High School, where he averaged six points and eight rebounds last season as a junior - his first year of organized basketball. The 7-foot-2, 265-pound native of Essex, England was recruited by several Pacific-10 Conference schools. Hughes will be the ninth player at seven feet or taller to appear on the OSU roster in the program's history, and the first since George von Backstrom played during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

'We measured Liam when he was on campus, his reported size is legitimate,' John explained. 'Liam is a very bright individual, who has a great passion for basketball. He wants to be an impact player, and I firmly believe he will be. He is determined to prosper and make a difference at Oregon State.'

Jeffers is a senior at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The 6-8 forward averaged 13.6 points and 10 rebounds last year. He intends to major in engineering at OSU.

'Kyle has a tremendous amount of experience and he has been very well coached,' John said. 'He is a fundamentally sound player with a high energy level. Kyle can score inside and outside, is a solid rebounder, and plays with great effort.'

Oregon State has two scholarships remaining. The early signing period continues through Wed., Nov. 20. The late signing period is April 16-May 15.

'I'm very excited about these individuals joining our program,' John added. 'I believe in the term student-athlete, and these three individuals are proven athletes and proven students. They all bring excellent credentials to Oregon State University.'

Oregon State Men's Basketball Letters of Intent (as of 11/13)

Liam Hughes	7-2	C       Modesto Christian HS	Modesto, CAKyle Jeffers	6-8	F	Montgomery HS		Santa Rosa, CAJeffree Williams 6-9	F	Roosevelt HS		Portland, OR
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