When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the sports world in mid-march, the Oregon State men's basketball team had just defeated the Utah Utes in game one of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is a little refresher on how it happened:
Not 24 hours later, the tournament was cancelled and teams began to travel back home unsure of what was to come. The rest of the season was cancelled. As the players were sent home to quarantine, staying in basketball shape took a more creative turn with gyms also closed: running hills in the neighborhood; putting potatoes in pans for lifting; order exercise equipment online…
The backyard workouts only last so long for Oregon State guards Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas.
The two explain more on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan:
I was just trying to do whatever workouts I can do at home… and then you can only do so much of that, so then I ended up finding a private gym, I was able to get into and I was in the gym every day getting better. - Gianni Hunt
The same went for Lucas.
First couple of weeks or so, I was in the backyard doing whatever I could. After two weeks or so, I had to find a way to get into a gym. - Jarod Lucas
Both Hunt and Lucas will step into larger roles for the Beavs this upcoming season.
The two sophomores will support starting point guard Ethan Thompson, who withdrew his name from the NBA draft and will return to Corvallis for his senior season. More to come on this later.
Hunt, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lakewood, California, played in all 31 games in 2019 and averaged 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 13.9 minutes per game.
Lucas, a 6-foot-3 guard from Hacienda Heights, California, played in all 31 games and averaged 4.6 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 13.1 minutes per game.
Listen to the full Talkin' Beavers Podcast here.