Dana Altman’s incoming recruiting class got a little bigger on Wednesday as the Ducks announced the signing of two junior college players on the first day of college basketball’s regular signing period.Jalil Abdul-Bassit of North Idaho College and Elgin Cook of Northwest Florida State College will be some of the newest members of an Oregon squad that will return the likes of Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, Ben Carter, Waverly Austin, and Johnathan Loyds.
Abdul-Bassit, classified as a small forward/guard, stands at 6′ 5″ and is originally from Anchorage Alaska. An under-the-radar kind of player that will have two years of eligibility remaining once he gets to Oregon, Abdul-Bassit started 23 of the 31 games he played in this year for North Idaho while racking up 566 minutes–18.3 minutes per game–of play.
In his final season for the Cardinals, Abdul-Bassit was 132-for-291 (45.4 percent) from the field and 52-of-135 (38.5 percent) from three. He averaged 13 points per game and one assist per game while converting 86-of-106 (81.1 percent) of his free throws. Garnering offers from five other northwest schools, Abdul-Bassit reportedly chose Oregon over Idaho, Portland, Utah, and Washington.
Cook, meanwhile, will transfer from Northwest Florida State and is the son of former NBA player Alvin Robertson. Originally from Milwaukee, he is also classified as a small forward and stands at 6’6″. Says Brad Winton from Jucorecruiting.com, “Cook creates match-up nightmares because of his ability to drag bigger post players out on the perimeter and take smaller guards & forwards into the post. He is excellent when attacking the rim and crashing the offensive glass. He is an elite athlete who plays well above the rim and has a knack for timing the ball when it comes off the rim.”
A player who will contend for a starting position, Cook started 32 of the 33 games he played in, racking up 637 minutes on the court (19.3 minutes per game). He shot 181-for-302 (59.9 percent) from the field while hitting 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from three, averaging 14.9 points per game. Cook also brought in 6 rebounds per game, with 120 of his 198 total rebounds coming off defensive boards. He chose the Ducks over Arkansas, Gonzaga, Illinois, New Mexico, South Carolina, TCU, and VCU.
The Ducks had previously signed Jordan Bell, Cristiano Felicio, and A.J. Lapray during the early signing period.