Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A feature on Chris Oakes

The Spartan Daily offers an in-depth look at Chris Oakes:
Oakes uses blocks to build home in paint
Center excels through tragedy to find success
Daniel Herberholz
Spartan Daily

Chris Oakes grabs the rebound and tries to put it back. From below the basket, he watches it roll in and out and then off the rim, as a Fresno State Bulldog pushes play the other way. You can see it in the grimace on his face that he wanted that one, as he lets out a roar and sprints back on defense.

"I'm always anticipating if it is just coming off (the rim)," said the starting center for the SJSU men's basketball team. "If I'm going up, or if somebody misses a shot and I'm going to go rebound it on the offensive or defensive end, I'm always looking to get a rhythm."

Oakes, a senior African-American studies major, used this rhythmic approach to become a mainstay in the paint for the Spartans the past few years. The 6-foot-9-inch man has averaged 9.7 rebounds and 7.9 points in 80 games as of Saturday's contest against Fresno State...
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