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Five Beavers set to leave men's team

CORVALLIS — Five Oregon State players will not return to the program next year, coach Jay John announced Friday.

Juniors Angelo Tsagarakis and Liam Hughes will graduate this spring and expect to transfer for their final year of eligibility. Both expect to go to a Division II school.

Sasa Cuic planned to declare himself eligible for the draft, while freshman Vojin Svilar was expected to return to his native Serbia. Junior Wesley Washington did not meet eligibility standards.

"It's great that Angelo and Liam have been able to graduate in four years. They weren't able to get the playing time that they would have liked recently, and they want their last year in college to be at a place where they can play a lot of minutes," John said in a statement.

A rule that allowed players that graduated to transfer to other Division I schools without penalty was recently rescinded. Playing at a Division II school will allow both to play right away.

"The look of next year's team will be very different, though I really like where we are headed. Our returning group is still very strong, and the newcomers that will be added to the mix will give us an exceptional group of basketball players," John said.

Cuic, a 6-foot-10 forward from Croatia, said the time was right for him to move on. And he remains open to playing on European teams.

"I'm 23 years old," Cuic said. "I'm in a good position to leave here as a better player. I've talked to the coaches a lot about it, and I just feel it's time to move on."

Tsagarakis, a 6-foot-3 guard from France, averaged 9.8 minutes and 2.8 points in 28 games last season. He graduates with a degree in international business.

"Coach John offered me the chance to stay with the same type of role next year, but I just want to play more in my final year," he said. "I'd like to take the chance that I will play more minutes if I transfer elsewhere."

Hughes, at 7-foot-3, played in just three games last season. Washington, a 6-foot-3 guard, started 22 games last season, averaging 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.