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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Bush is SOU assist king

  • Jeff Bush, Southern Oregon's rock — both in terms of consistency and physical stature — of a point guard, two months ago received by text an old team photo, one of those stacked-row, smile-for-the-camera shots every team has to sit through.
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    • JEFF BUSH
      WHO: A 6-foot-2, 205-pound point guard for the SOU men's basketball team.
      • WHAT: Bush, with 455 assists, is the all-team leader for the Raiders. He also leads the nation in assists this s...
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      JEFF BUSH
      WHO: A 6-foot-2, 205-pound point guard for the SOU men's basketball team.

      • WHAT: Bush, with 455 assists, is the all-team leader for the Raiders. He also leads the nation in assists this season with 6.9 per game.
      • UP NEXT: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Oregon Tech at Southern Oregon.
  • ASHLAND — Jeff Bush, Southern Oregon's rock — both in terms of consistency and physical stature — of a point guard, two months ago received by text an old team photo, one of those stacked-row, smile-for-the-camera shots every team has to sit through.
    Bush himself was in the frame, his image circled, and though the likeness (plus some facial hair) is still there, few who know SOU's muscle-bound senior only through his time with the Raiders would connect the boy in that team photo with the man who guides one of the most powerful offenses in NAIA Division II men's basketball. That's because the picture was taken about five years ago, when Bush was a scrawny prep standout at West Linn High School. Then, he weighed no more than 170 pounds "soaking wet," as he put it. Now, Bush, who stands 6-foot-2, is a ripped 205 pounds, bone dry.
    Which explains the rhetorical nature of the question that accompanied the picture: "Who is that guy?"
    "I got a good laugh out of that," Bush said.
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