June 16, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s basketball head coach Larry Eustachy announced Tuesday that senior guard Jon Octeus will complete his bachelor’s degree this summer, and has been granted a release from his scholarship to seek a transfer to another institution for his final year of athletic eligibility.
“Jon has been a big part of the success we have had at Colorado State over the last two years,” said Eustachy. “More than just a talented player, he is a leader and a person of character. We wish Jon the best moving forward. He gave CSU two outstanding seasons, but more importantly, he will leave our program with his degree. You can’t ask for much more out of a student-athlete.”
“From a basketball standpoint I feel the loss will be absorbed by returning players stepping up, and a talented collection of newcomers that still has yet to be completed,” added Eustachy. “I have never been more optimistic about going into a season”
Octeus, a native of Miami, Fla., who transferred to Colorado State following his freshman campaign at Wabash Valley College, closes his CSU career having played in 67 games with 33 starts over two seasons. He amassed 596 points, 240 rebounds, 118 assists and 42 steals, while helping the Rams to a 42-25 record, including the team’s win over Missouri in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone affiliated with Colorado State University for their support during my time in Fort Collins,” said Octeus. “I would like to give a special thanks to Coach Eustachy, the staff, my teammates, the CSU Athletics Department, and the Rams fans for providing me with the opportunity to experience some of the greatest moments of my life.
“My goal since high school has been to push myself to be the best basketball player I can be, and more importantly, obtain a college degree while doing so. I am proud of the fact that I will be graduating with my bachelor's degree from CSU in July.
“This was not an easy decision, but upon graduating, I have decided it is in my best interest to explore the opportunity to complete my last year of eligibility at another institution. I appreciate Coach Eustachy's understanding throughout this process. Thank you to everyone that has supported me through this chapter of my life.”
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