May 10, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore forward Jon Sanderson (6-7, 220, Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) has decided to leave Ohio State to pursue his academic and playing career elsewhere. He has not decided where he will transfer at this time.

Sanderson said he will miss Ohio State.

“My family and I have made a decision that it would be in my best interest to leave Ohio State and pursue my basketball career and education elsewhere,” Sanderson said. “I will never forget the relationships I have made with my teammates and the coaching staff. I will forever be thankful for the privilege of being a Buckeye.”

Sanderson played two seasons at Ohio State, starting 58 of 65 career games, including 30 of 35 last season. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in his two years at OSU.

He started 29 of 32 career Big Ten games, averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in the league.

His career high in scoring came against Purdue (2/7/98) when he scored 24. His 14 rebounds against Toledo (12/3/97) was a career best. He had a pair of double-doubles as a Buckeye scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds against Cal-State Northridge (12/15/97). He also had a 12-point, 11-rebound effort against Penn State (2/28/98).

Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien regrets Sanderson has decided to transfer.

“We wish Jon nothing but success,” O’Brien said.

-Go Bucks!-