Beaver basketball practice facility set for groundbreaking

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The public is invited to attend the official groundbreaking for the Oregon State Basketball Practice Facility that will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at the future site of the building located in the parking lot located directly behind Gill Coliseum off Ralph Miller Drive.

OSU President Dr. Edward Ray, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis, men's basketball head coach Craig Robinson and women's basketball head coach Scott Rueck are scheduled to participate in the groundbreaking celebration. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013 and will provide the Beavers with a state-of-the-art venue for both the men's and women's basketball programs.

"I'm extremely excited about the groundbreaking for the practice facility," Robinson said. "This is so very important to our program and future. It puts us on similar footing with our competition from a marketing and recruiting standpoint. In addition, this will go a long way to alleviating logistical issues that negatively affect our student-athletes. I'd like to thank all of our donors, fans and athletic department staff who made this groundbreaking possible."

"We are so grateful for the support and generosity of so many to make this dream become a reality," Rueck said. "This is a great day for Beaver basketball and most importantly our current and future student-athletes as we take this vital step forward. The practice facility will create an incredible teaching environment and will greatly enhance our ability to serve our student-athletes as they strive to reach their potential individually and as a team. What a blessing it is to be a part of a community with so many generous advocates who have made this groundbreaking possible."

The facility is planned as a 34,500-square-foot, four-story structure that will feature two regulation basketball courts on the first and third floors along with locker rooms, satellite training and medical areas, and service and mechanical space. The second and fourth floors will include coach and program staff offices that offer panoramic views of the basketball courts.

It will be located just north of the Sports Performance Center and the main entrance will feature an Oregon State Basketball Hall of Fame highlighting the great teams, coaches and players from the Beavers' basketball programs.

Both teams are coming off outstanding seasons as they each won 20-plus games and advanced to postseason competition while playing an exciting brand of basketball that attracted large crowds to Gill Coliseum.

With a 21-15 record, the Oregon State men's basketball team won 20 games for the first time since legend Gary Payton was a senior and posted just its second winning season since that same year back in 1989-90. The Beavers also upset Texas in the TicketCity Legends Classic, pulled off the biggest upset in Pac-12 Tournament history when they knocked off No. 1 seed-Washington and advanced to postseason play for the third time in four years. The Beavers also led the conference in scoring for the first time ever and had their most 100-point games, 90-point games and 80-point games in school history, while leading the Pac-12 in steals for the third consecutive year.

Picked to finish 12th in the inaugural Pac-12 Conference, the women's basketball team defied the prognosticators by finishing tied for fifth with a 9-9 conference record. The Beavers finished the season 20-13 overall and advanced to the WNIT where it reached the Sweet 16. Rueck was named the Pac-12 Media Coach of the Year and had a player chosen to the all-conference team, all-defensive team and all-freshmen team.