If this past season was any indication, the future is very bright for the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball program.
Coming off a season that saw them win their first Pac-12 Tournament Championship since 2008 and make it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament–playing the role of the spoiler against both Oklahoma State and St. Louis–the Ducks are already beginning to receive much more recognition than in past years.
In fact, both head coach Dana Altman and freshman standout Damyean Dotson have been recognized for their contributions throughout the 2012-2013 college basketball season.
Altman, who finished his third season with the Oregon program in 2012-2013, has led what used to be a shattered Ducks basketball program to three consecutive twenty-win seasons while improving their tournament standing each year. Already being recognized as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Altman was also recently announced to be one of the 10 finalists being considered for the 2013 John McLendon National Coach of the Year Award.
Using a balanced offense and zone defense, Altman helped to guide the Ducks to a 28-9 mark on the season while bringing them to as high as No. 10 in the national rankings before Dominic Artis went out with an injury. Oregon’s season record is the fourth best in school history.
Dotson, a native of Houston and freshman who helped propel the Ducks to key victories, also received quite the recognition recently, being named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team. Averaging 11.4 points per game, 27.9 minutes per game, and 3.5 rebounds per game, Dotson was critical in Oregon’s postseason run as he averaged 16 points while hitting 17 of 35 (.486) three-pointers during the Ducks’ Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament run. His selection to the All-America Team means that he is being considered for the 2013 Kyle Macy Award, an award that is given to the nation’s top freshman.
Both Altman and Dotson will find out if they are selected for top honors come April 5 at the Collegeinsider.com banquet in Atlanta.