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August 12th, 2009
Former Bobcat and NBA player Foster to graduate from Texas State

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Former Texas State standout basketball player and current NBA player Jeff Foster will receive his bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts on Friday, Aug. 14 at Strahan Coliseum on the Texas State campus.

A star player at Texas State who led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament in 1999, Foster has since gone on to a ten-year NBA career, all with the Indiana Pacers, for whom he ranks fourth on the team’s all-time career list for games played with 681.

Foster also is one of the greatest offensive rebounders in team history after he ranked 13th among NBA leaders with 215 offensive rebounds, marking the sixth consecutive season in which he has grabbed 200 or more offensive boards. He pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds at Chicago last year.

Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Foster has averaged 5.1 points and 7.0 rebounds while starting 339 of 681 games during the regular season.

“I have been very fortunate to be with a great organization my entire career,” Foster said. “I have had the opportunity to play with a lot of great teammates and play for some great coaches. It has been a dream come true.”

Following his 2008-09 campaign, Foster returned to Texas State to complete requirements for his bachelor’s degree this summer.

“Getting a college education is something that is very important in my family,” Foster said. “I am the only one in my family without a college degree, and I always intended to go back to school and finish up the requirements for my degree.

“My mom (Linda) has a Ph.D., my dad (Stephen) has a couple of master’s degrees, and my sister has her degree,” Foster continued. “Her husband has his degree and couple of masters. It has been on the backburner while I went through my NBA career. Now that I have kids and look at their futures, I realize how important it is for their development to know their dad has his bachelor’s degree. I want them to know that is a big deal in our family and something I want them to attain. It will be an exciting day for me and a day that is a longtime coming.”

Before his NBA career, Foster was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection who became the third Bobcat in school history to eclipse 1,000 points and grab more than 900 rebounds. He finished his career with 1,084 points and 931 rebounds. As a senior, he ranked third nationally with 11.3 rebounds per game and led the Bobcats in rebounds 25 times and registered double figures in rebounds during 18 games. He was second among team leaders in scoring with 14.2 points per game behind SLC Player of the Year Dante Mathis, who edged Foster by one vote for SLC Player of the Year honors after averaging 17.6 points per game.

Foster ranked 16th nationally among NCAA rebound leaders as a junior with 10.2 rebounds per game and was one of 18 NCAA Division I players to average double figures in both scoring and rebounding. He was second among Bobcat team leaders in scoring (12.8 ppg), steals (1.3 spg), and minutes played (29 per game). Foster also led Texas State in blocked shots and ranked fourth in the league with a 1.04 average.

“Without Texas State and the opportunities that I had there, who is to say that I would be where I am today,” Foster added. “I loved my four years there and was sad that I couldn’t finish up that last semester because I had to get ready for the NBA \draft. In the back of my mind, (getting my degree) was some unfinished business that I wanted to finish. The university has done so much for me, and I wanted to finish up where I started.”

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