Just a few days ago it was being reported that the Ducks were in the running for Houston Cougars guard Joseph Young who was seeking to transfer following internal issues at the school involving Young’s father.
Now Young has made his announcement official and will be the newest member of Dana Altman‘s basketball team.
The 6-foot-3 guard was one of the top Conference USA players in 2012-13 and led the Cougars with 18.0 PPG. He also shot an impressive 42 percent from three-point range.
Young will either have one or two seasons of college eligibility remaining and due to NCAA transfer policies he could have to sit out a season before being able to play.
Sources close to ESPN are saying that Young is requesting a hardship waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately, however it is unlikely his request will be successful. His family, however, believes that Young will win the appeal.
If he wins the appeal he will have two seasons of eligibility to play immediately, otherwise he will have to sit out a year and have one year for the 2014-15 season.
Young’s father, Michael Young, was an employee within the University of Houston athletic department and recently refused a reassignment from his current position. It isn’t a stretch to connect the two stories. Michael Young was a member of the Houston Cougars “Phi Slama Jama” team, which included Naismith Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
Young joins a talented group of Oregon guards led by sophomores-to-be Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis.