OSU Basketball Gets Its Big Man

Oklahoma State is in desperate need of finding a post presence for the 2015-16 basketball season. The Cowboys appear to have found their man in 6-10, 240-pound Jernard Jarreau, who will transfer to OSU and will be eligible immediately after getting his release from Washington last month, Jarreau confirmed today to GoPokes.com.

“Oklahoma State is definitely a good fit for me, and I will be taking my talents there,” said Jarreau, who visited the Stillwater campus this past weekend. “I just wanted a fresh new start. I wanted to go somewhere that is family oriented, and that’s what I saw last weekend.”

Jarreau averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds while starting 21 games as a redshirt junior in 2014-15 for the Huskies. He missed 10 games in the middle of the season following arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 17 but returned for the final six contests, scoring a career-high 14 points in a 77-68 upset of No. 13 Utah in the Huskies final regular season game on March 8, 2015.

Jarreau gained a total of 50 pounds since arriving at Washington as a 190-pound freshman from New Orleans. He gained 25 pounds during his redshirt freshman season in 2011-12, and another 25 pounds during the 2013-14 season.

He tore the ACL in his right knee in the first 80 seconds of the 2013-14 season opener against Seattle and missed the entire season. As a freshman in 2012-13, Jarreau played in 31 games, averaging 3.2 points, 2.6 rebounds while playing 12.7 minutes.

Jarreau could appeal the NCAA for a medical hardship season after the 2015-16 campaign, but he is viewing his year in Stillwater as his final season of college basketball.

“I’m excited to come in and have an impact on the team and the conference,” said Jarreau. “Once I got my release a lot of schools have been calling me, but me and (OSU assistant) Butch Pierre kinda have a relationship from high school.

“Oklahoma State recruited me out of high school. We’ve had that connection and that relationship. He’s from Baton Rouge, and I’m from New Orleans. So it was just the best fit for me.

“I just love the family atmosphere (at Oklahoma State). I like to surround myself with good people and good vibes. Oklahoma State has a good tradition in basketball, and I would like to be a part of that tradition,” he said. “Plus, it’s closer to home. It’s a good fit for me.”

Jarreau will have plenty of opportunities as the Cowboys only have three players on their roster taller than 6-8.

They are 7-footer senior-to-be Anthony Allen, who averaged 1.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25 games a year ago as a junior; 6-9 sophomore-to-be Mitchell Solomon, who showed promise as a freshman despite averaging 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while appearing in all 32 games; and junior college transfer Igor Ibaka, who did not play basketball last season.

“I was aware of the guys that are there and guys that are coming in. I knew last year they had a big piece (of the team) go on in the program in Le’Bryan Nash at the four spot,” he said. “I like the way they put him in a position to showcase his skills and talents. I would like to see myself in those shoes. Those are some big shoes to fill but I know I’m capable of doing the same thing.”

Jarreau said he will graduate from Washington on June 13 and plans to be in Stillwater in July.

“I’m a team player. I just like to win," he said. "Things didn’t go as well up here and I thought they were but I’m not going to get into all of that. But I just like to win. I’m a competitor, and I’m going to work my butt off from day one.

“I’m excited and Oklahoma State fans should be excited too.”

Jarreau is originally from New Orleans, where he averaged 17.9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks per game as a senior at McDonough 35 Senior High School. He grew seven inches during his high school playing days. He originally committed to Virginia Commonwealth before signing with Washington.

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