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Jim Jarvis

Jim Jarvis - Basketball

Jim Jarvis helped the Oregon State men’s basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 1963, played professionally and then coached at the Division I level.

Jarvis grew up in Southern Oregon, earning All-Tournament first-team honors in 1959 at Coquille when the Red Devils reached the semifinals, and in 1961 at Roseburg, which reached the quarterfinals. His father, Curt, coached both teams.

Jarvis played at Oregon State under legendary coach Slats Gill, and was a sophomore on the 1962-63 team that won the NCAA West Regional before losing to top-ranked Cincinnati and second-ranked Duke in the Final Four. The following season, Jarvis averaged 13.8 points per game as the Beavers, led by Mel Counts, entered the NCAA Tournament at 25-3, but were upset by Seattle 61-57 in the first round by Idaho at McArthur Court. Jarvis averaged 21.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 1964-65 and was named an All-American, but the Beavers finished 16-10 and were left out of the tournament.

Professionally, he averaged 5.8 points per game during two seasons in the American Basketball Association.

Jarvis went into the coaching ranks, and, after a successful stint at Spokane Falls Community College, was hired by Idaho in 1974 and spent four seasons there.

Jarvis was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Oregon State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.