Jason Fontenet Transfers to Oregon State

April 16, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Jason Fontenet (FONT-eh-Net) has elected to transfer to Oregon State University from New Mexico State University, Beaver head coach Jay John announced Wednesday. Fontenet will have two years of eligibility remaining, but must redshirt for the 2003-2004 season in accordance to NCAA transfer regulations. He signed an athletic scholarship agreement form that was received by OSU Wednesday morning.

The 5-foot-10 point guard from Phoenix, Ariz., helped the Aggies to a record of 20-9 last season and a record of 9-6 in the Sun Belt Conference. Fontenet was second for scoring on the team at 12.2 points per game and led the team for assists averaging 4.0 (5th in the Sun Belt). He also shot .369 (38-103) from three-point range, .813 (91-112/10th) from the free throw line and had the league's sixth-best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.66.

For his two-year career at NMSU, Fontenet started 51 of 60 games, averaged 8.8 points, shot .367 (61-166) from three-point range, .814 (158-194) from the free throw line, and had 188 assists. He scored a career-high 24 points vs. North Texas last season.

'Jason improves our athleticism on the perimeter immediately,' John said. 'He's a scoring point guard with good range. Even though he won't be available for games next season, he will be a vital addition in practice.'

Fontenet attended St. Mary's High School in Phoenix and was the Arizona Republic Player of the Year for 5A. He, and current University of Arizona standout center Channing Frye, led St. Mary's to the state title as a senior. Fontenet was named the tournament MVP. He averaged 20.6 points, seven assists, and four steals as a senior, and 27 points, six assists, and three steals as a junior. He also competed in numerous offseason tournaments and camps, including the Junior U.S. Olympic Games in the summer of 2000.

'I developed a good relationship with Jason when I was an assistant at Arizona, and we recruited him,' John added. 'Jason is another key element in this staff's desire to evolve into an up-tempo basketball team. I'm very excited to have him be a part of Oregon State University.'

Jason's twin brother, James, was a redshirt-freshman last season at NMSU. James is also a guard.

The program has one available scholarship for the remainder of this spring signing period, which concludes May 15.

2003-2004 Signees (As of April 16)

Angelo Tsagarakis, 6-3, G, Casa Grande High School, Petaluma, Cal.Kyle Jeffers, 6-8, F., Montgomery, High School, Santa Rosa, Cal*Liam Hughes, 7-2, C, Modesto Christian High School, Modesto, Cal*Jim Hanchett, 6-5, F, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah#Jason Fontenet, 5-10, G, New Mexico State University%

*fall Signee#counts as a 2002-2003 signee, since he enrolled at OSU during the current academic year.%Ineligible for 2003-2004 due to NCAA transfer regulations.

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