Johnathan Loyd

Four USA Players Honored By Four Nations Tournament

Johnathan Loyd

Johnathan Loyd

The Four Nations Tournament recently concluded in China. The event matched the national teams of China, Slovenia and Denmark with the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars. Games were played in Chenzhou, Jiahe, Shenzhen and ZaoZhuang, China to capacity or near-capacity crowds.

The USA team came on strong to win their final three games to finish the event in second place a 4-3. Slovenia (5-1) won the tournament with China and Denmark finishing with records of 2-4 and 2-5 respectively.

Several USA players were honored on the All-Tournament teams. Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) was named to the All-Tournament 1st Team and was named MVP of the USA Team. Loyd averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 3.1 steals over the seven-game event. Loyd played his best game in the final 111-82 win over Denmark in which he scored 20 points to go along with 11 assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot.

Andrew Warren

Andrew Warren

Three Americans, Andrew Warren, Garrett Nevels and Josiah Heath were named to the All tournament 2nd Team. Warren averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He had 20 points in a 91-84 win over China. Nevels played strongly throughout the tournament averaging 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 steals. Heath averaged a double-double in his first international games averaging 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds over the seven games.

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USA Ends Play in Shenzhen With Win Over China

ChinaMen15China1Shenzhen, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars closed out play in Shenzhen with a 78-70 win over host China before 4,588 fans at the Bao’an Gymnasium in Shenzhen. It was the Americans second straight win over China.

The Americans played with only eight players again with Andrew Warren not getting a rest until the game was decided with 1:16 remaining. Johnathan Loyd played over 33 minutes and kept himself on the court after drawing his third foul at the start of the third quarter.

This game went back and forth as China was strong in the first and third quarters and the USA solid in the second and fourth periods. China went out to a 27-19 lead after the first quarter. Then the USA had their best quarter of the tour outscoring the Chinese 23-8 to take a seven-point halftime lead. China wasn’t easy to put away as they came back to tie the score at 56 after three quarters. China took a three-point lead early in the fourth period and it appeared that the USA was out of gas. However, the team showed its guts and came back to take the lead on a layup by Garrett Nevels on a feed from Loyd. Loyd then stole the in-bounds pass and scored, increasing the lead to four points. The USA then extended the lead to 12 before China scored the final two baskets of the game.

Garrett Nevels

Garrett Nevels

Nevels had an outstanding all-around game with 21 points (10-of-18 FGA), five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Loyd’s line was just as good – 19 points (8-of-11 FGA), nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Warren, displaying leadership in continually declining a rest, added 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long distance. Josiah Heath (13 + 9) came on in the second half to make several key baskets. 7’1 Joe Wolfinger had a solid game (6 + 8) playing 22 minutes off the bench in relief of Teeng Akol who had an off night. Keith Chamberlain and Tyler Gaffaney contributed with team play in their time on the court.

Andrew Warren

Andrew Warren

The Americans shot 5-of-11 on three-pointers, 45 percent overall and a solid 9-of-10 from the free throw line. They had a +5 rebounding advantage over the Chinese and only committed eight turnovers. It was their second straight game with fewer than ten turnovers. The game was well-officiated with only 28 total fouls called.

USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “This team showed tremendous heart in beating China on their court with a limited rotation. I thought we were out of gas after the third quarter but we still had some fuel left. It’s too bad we have only one game left as this team is getting better and better.”

NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (19-23-14-22 = 78)

Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals

Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals

Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Johnathan Loyd

Johnathan Loyd

Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) DNP

Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists

Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) DNP

Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 0 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Josiah Heath (Canisius) 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal

Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 6 points, 8 rebounds

The team traveled to the city of Zao Zhuang today. This is a smallish city (3 million people) and is the southern-most city in Shandong Province. The trip took longer than we were led to believe. The 2.5 hour plane rode was really four hours and the one hour bus ride was over two hours. This area has recently been hit with rainstorms and floods. The area leading into the city was very rural and quite wet. The hotel we are staying at here is a little on the funky side. We’re waiting to find out how the food will be.

The local sponsor here is quite rich and owns the hotel we are staying at as well as the gym we will be playing at. There will be free admission to the final tour game against Denmark tomorrow night.

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Slovenia Tops USA With Efficient Shooting

China15ShezhenShenzhen, China – Slovenia used crisp passing and solid three-point shooting to defeat the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars 98-82 at the Bao’an Gymnasium in Shenzhen. The Slovenians shot 13-of-35 on three-pointers compared to 4-of-17 for the Americans. Slovenia was coming off a 22-point win over Denmark in their last game and are playing the best of the four tournament teams.. Denmark came back from that loss to defeat host China by six points in tonight’s first game.

6’9 Sasa Zagorac led the winners with 16 points, hitting 3-of-5 from long distance. Miha Lapornik added 15 and Blaz Mahkovic 14. Garrett Nevels had his best all-around game for the Americans with 17 points and seven rebounds while Johnathan Loyd added 15 points and six assists. Loyd drew six fouls and was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Josiah Heath registered his third double-double of the tour with 12 points and ten rebounds. China15USASlov1

The USA couldn’t blame the loss on the officiating, ending the game with a +22 advantage in free throws with Slovenia being called for 14 more fouls. Slovenia had a +6 rebounding advantage, had four fewer turnovers and 12 more assists.

USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “Our team just didn’t have any energy tonight and Slovenia was really on their game. We’ll try to learn from this one and come back to play strongly against Denmark tomorrow night.”

NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (13-20-23-26 = 82)

Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Garrett Nevels

Garrett Nevels

Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals

Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) DNP

Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Josiah Heath (Canisius) 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 6 points, 6 rebounds

Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 7 points, 4 rebounds

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Slovenia Tops USA All-Stars in First Action in China

ChinaMen15Slov1Chenzhou, China – Slovenia used a strong run in the first half to take control of the game and defeat the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars 87-77 in the first tour game for the USA team. The Slovenians used crisp passing and hot shooting from long range to turn a 10-2 deficit into a 51-36 halftime lead. The USA played better in the second half but it was too little – too late for the American team. 6’9 Sasa Zagorac and 6’4 Miha Lahornik combined to shoot 9-of-12 from long-distance. Both those players along with 6’7 Blaz Mahkovic led the winners with 16 points each. Andrew Warren led the USA with 13 points.

It was the first game action for the USA All-Stars after the long trip and only 1.5 practices and it showed. The USA was charged with 22 turnovers and only had 10 assists. Team USA shot only 41 percent on two-pointers and 8-of-23 (34.7%) from long-distance. The Americans had a +4 rebounding advantage but when the game was on the line the smaller Slovenians had the edge. The USA had the edge at the foul line as Slovenia was called with 28 fouls against only 13 against the Americans. ChinaMen15Slov2

USA All-Stars Head Coach Bruce Chavka: “22 turnovers won’t win many games in any league. We took too many quick shots and need to make the extra pass. We seemed lethargic after our strong start. We need to do a better job of fighting through screens and playing help defense”.

Want an interesting fact about Chenzhou? This area contains the largest bridge over a land mass in the world. This tournament is named after it, the “Paradise Fairy Bridge” Continental Basketball Tournament.

NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (21-15-17-24 = 77)

Johnathan Loyd (Oregon) 2 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 steals

Garrett Nevels (Hawaii) 7 points, 1 rebound

Tyler Gaffaney (Claremont) 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Tyrone White (Bakersfield/D-League) 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist

Andrew Warren (Bradley/D-League) 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Kyle Coston (Portland State/New Zealand) 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Keith Chamberlain (Grinnell/D-League) 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Josiah Heath (Canisius) 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist

Teeng Akol (Western Kentucky/Mongolia) 7 points, 3 rebounds

Joe Wolfinger (Citadel/Japan) 12 points, 7 rebounds

China came back from a late double-digit deficit to top Denmark in the second game 77-74. China won despite being out-rebounded 44-24. The Chinese had a +14 advantage on free throw attempts and took advantage of poor free throw shooting from Denmark (14-of-31).

ChinaMen15Slov3We are located in the foothills of the mountains in a Hot Spring resort. For some reason all the “hot” springs in the hotel are cold, except for one domed area. We’re about 20 minutes from the city and are more or less staying at the hotel unless we are going to a game or practice. The hotel is nice, the food is excellent but there was a power failure, probably resulting from a thunderstorm, that kept us in the dark for about two hours last night. Today we are off to Jiahe, about a two hour bus drive, to play Denmark at 4PM local time in likely a very hot gym.

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Ducks Starting Strong

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A Letter to the Assumers Out There: Assumptions Lead to Misconceptions

As a student who has been here for four years coming up on his fifth, you wouldn’t believe the amount of horrible rumors and nonsense that I’ve heard — not just about the football players that we value so highly on the field, but any other student-athlete who walks around this campus. Let me give you a little background before I tell you how it really is. Coming into this university, I was a shy, nervous and not a very confident person. I was scared because I hadn’t experienced an independent life yet since I had just graduated from high school.

As school began, making friends seemed easy at first since everyone wanted to meet anybody they could just to feel a sense of acceptance. But how quickly those early friendships faded into the distance as people found those one or two people whom they could relate to the most and call their “best friends.” I ended up being a person who couldn’t connect with many of what we would call “regular” college students, and as time went on I began to question whether or not I belonged here at the University of Oregon.

But, how things changed as soon as I met one particular person who just happened to be on the Oregon football team. He not only was willing to embrace my insecurities, but he was willing to help me flip them around into helping me become the confident young man that I am proud to be today. He also opened the door to meeting other Division 1 athletes at this university whom I would eventually call my good friends and on whom I could count to have my back no matter what.

See, from the majority of people who I have encountered, whether it be students here, parents of students here, students elsewhere or parents of students elsewhere, these people have made some unjustified comments regarding our athletes at this university which I plan to put to correct once and for all. Just because one berry in the pile doesn’t look ripe, doesn’t mean all of the berries in the pile aren’t ripe.

Media and social media give us the only lens into the sports world that we can assume to be true and because of that, as normal civilians, we tend to accept everything that is said and make huge assumptions from those observations. If one person committed an unacceptable act at our university, all of a sudden an unwarranted stigma is placed over the entire group. People see a cocky athlete and assume that all of them are in over their heads, but that’s simply untrue.

As someone who has become close to many of our athletes by not just hanging out, but also living with, I’m here to tell you today their side of the story, one most folks never get to hear or read about because it might not be as juicy a story as those about someone committing a crime or saying something so out of the ordinary that it’s deemed wrong by our society.

Bet you didn't know one of Jonny Loyd's favorite show is Dragon Ball Z.

Bet you didn’t know one of Jonny Loyd’s favorite shows is Dragon Ball Z.

Here’s something that we tend to forget about the highly praised on-field athletes that we cheer for so loudly … they are human beings — just like us. They have their needs, likes and dislikes, their own beliefs, their different characteristics just like any of us. All we know about them is that they’re athletes and are incredibly talented at their respective sports.

But, what about who they are as people? As students, we live in the same environment as they do. We have them in our classes, but we might not talk to them because they’re athletes. We see them in our lunch lines, but we don’t talk to them because they’re athletes. However, if we’re at a party and are feeling a little buzzed, we might have the confidence to give them a quick, “Hello, how’s it going?” and feel so good about ourselves because we met so and so.

From a personal experience, I can say that the majority of the athletes I’ve met here are some of the most welcoming, caring and personable people you could ever meet. They respect you if you just treat them like any other one of your friends (assuming you are a respectful person towards your friends). Some of them whom you meet might be a little on the over-confident side, but can you blame them? That’s the reason they’re playing and representing our beloved university! Without that confidence they wouldn’t be at the incredible talent level they’re so privileged to have. It’s part of the hunger of wanting to be the best, and sometimes it carries over into their off-field conduct. But, overall it only pushes their friends to be better at everything as well, so no harm done.

Bet you didn't know Ayele Forde's loves playing the guitar.

Bet you didn’t know Ayele Forde’s loves playing the guitar.

Athletes live different lifestyles than we spectators, there’s no doubt about it. Their work ethic will blow your minds if you ever get the chance to see them at work. But just because they live different lifestyles doesn’t mean that they aren’t trying to live a normal college life and meet normal college students. These people are very big-hearted once you get to know them, and they are almost always willing to do stuff with you if you just ask. I mean, imagine having to practice all day with your teammates and then having to go back home to hang out with them again every single day. That’s like a 24/7 marriage to your teammates; they need to experience other people!

So next time you run into an athlete, simply treat them as you would treat anyone else. The royal treatment is normally what pushes them away from people because they want to be equals — on a social level – with everyone else. Give them a chance with an open mind and I guarantee you will find someone in our athletic program who’s more like you than you think.


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A Duckling Profile: Taylor Alie and the Walk-on’s Dream

Three years ago, Taylor Alie was a second-string high school quarterback. Last year he was fifth on the depth chart for the Oregon Ducks. This year he could be number two and heir to Marcus Mariota’s throne. Luck, combined with an infinite amount of drive and persistence, has allowed hometown hero Alie to rise from regular Eugene native to a nationally-ranked football team stud.

Alie grew up in Eugene, Oregon, home of the green and yellow. Parents Jeff and Robyn Alie raised him and his sister with an emphasis on compassion, prosperity and football. Alie grew up a Duck fan his entire life and was lucky enough to attend Henry D. Sheldon High School, where the jerseys are also green. Sheldon is a nationally-recognized football powerhouse, responsible for putting quarterbacks such as Alex Brink and Chris Miller into the National Football League. In addition, Sheldon’s most recent notable prospect was the highly-touted former Oregon Duck Curtis White.

Alie at Sheldon High School

Alie playing for Sheldon High School.

At Sheldon, Alie played and excelled in the three major sports. He lettered as a point guard for two years on the basketball team where he was able to quarterback the court. In baseball, Alie lettered three times and helped secure a state championship. But clearly it was football where this young man stood out.

Although Alie served the backup quarterback role as a junior, he won the starting position his senior season, and it was all ascendant from there. Through his own perseverance, and under the incredibly beneficial tutelage of Head Coach Lane Johnson, Alie was able to lead the Irish to an astounding 14-0 record, a state championship and even a national ranking. During this season Alie put up incredible numbers as the Irish’s lead man. He threw for 3,183 yards and 35 touchdowns, and on the ground he covered 447 yards with seven touchdowns. This was enough to earn him a spot on the 6-A all-state first team.

However, Alie’s feats in high school were not enough to land him the scholarship offers he wanted. Division-1 schools were concerned with his kicker-like 6-foot 175-pound frame, so the only school that tried hard to recruit him was D-3 Linfield in McMinnville. But the Ducks were not ignorant to the talent in their backyard. Oregon extended an invitation to Alie for a team tryout so that he could attempt to earn a spot on the deeply talented roster.

Alie made a bold decision and decided to attend the University of Oregon in hopes that he could make the football team — and that he did. “It was a D1 football team [Oregon], and I might as well see if I could make it,” Alie said, according to Duck Territory. “Hold nothing back. I’d rather do this and get cut than never do it and regret it my whole life.”

Alie looked impressive at try-outs and earned himself a roster spot. Unfortunately, he was slotted behind Heisman-hopeful Mariota, two promising redshirt freshmen in Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie, incoming freshman Damion Hobbs and senior walk-on Dustin Haines. The steep depth chart did not deter Alie, though, as he continued to work his hardest throughout the redshirt season.

Alie at the University of Oregon

Alie at the University of Oregon.

By spring, Alie had played all of his minutes on the scout team but left everything on the field. Rarely does a scout team player — let alone a walk-on – impress the coaching staff, but Alie did just that. The Daily Emerald quotes Head Coach Mark Helfrich as stating that “Taylor had a great spring,” and that he was “excited about his [Alie’s] development.” Coaches were raving about his work ethic and ability to make plays out of nothing. When it came time to play his spring game, Alie handled it how he handles everything; he struggled a bit at first, adjusted and then hit Johnathan Loyd for a touchdown.

Alie tends to start off a little behind, and only with a strong dosage of ambition does he succeed. But luck is finally on his side. In addition to Haines graduating, competing quarterbacks Hobbs and Rodrigues have both decided to transfer. One would then assume that Lockie, or incoming four-star recruit, Morgan Mahalak, would serve as the primary backup. But Alie was so impressive in the spring and in workouts, that he is in serious contention for a shot at second string. Starting at quarterback is a walk-in’s dream, but if Alie can earn the number two spot, he’s one step closer.

And I wouldn’t bet against him. Alie’s incredible mind and drive, combined with an unteachable ability to make plays will help him succeed in an offense where improvisation is welcome. He may not be able to see over the line at all times, but that’s where his deep understanding of the playbook and chemistry with the receivers will come into play.

And Alie is looking forward to the season. “It’s going to be surreal,” he said to Oregon Live. “It will be fun to go to a place where I watched [the Ducks] growing up and go out and compete.” Lockie, who is considered a front-runner for the back-up job, was heavily recruited out of high school, but Alie has been watching the Ducks since the age of four, and will stop at nothing to see his dream fulfilled.

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Welcome To Football, Johnny Loyd

You may be familiar with the name “Johnathan Loyd” if you’re an avid Oregon basketball fan.  And if you were in attendance for the  highly-anticipated spring game, you’ll remember chuckling as the voice of Autzen, Don Essig, introduced the freshly-tackled first-year senior with the quip: “Welcome to football, Johnny Loyd.”

It’s been awhile since Loyd stepped onto a football field and he’ll be the first one to admit it.  But, his return to the game has become iconic here in the northwest.  The spring game is never supposed to be perfect.  Loyd certainly wasn’t, but that was to be expected after a four-year football hiatus.

In high school, Loyd was a 5′ 8″, 163 lb,  two-sport star.  Clearly basketball won his devotion; however, he couldn’t help but return to the gridiron once the other door closed.  Loyd grew up in Las Vegas, attending Bishop Gorman High School.  There he played cornerback and returner.  He tentatively ended his football career averaging 32.6 yards per return kick, including five that went for touchdowns, and 23 tackles with 2 interceptions in 2009.  These achievements garnered him the first-team all-state return man his senior year (2009).

Coming on the team in a rather unusual style — to play as a fifth-year senior in a sport he’s just joined — Coach Helfrich allowed him to pick his position.  Naturally they assumed he would take up his old position of cornerback, but he surprised everyone by going the receiver rout.  Loyd defended his choice by stating: “That’s one thing I can do — I can catch the ball.  I can run and I can catch.  Receiver is not too much different than anything else.” His decision can only strengthen the receiving corps which lost two of its best receivers last year.

For Loyd, spring ball was about shaking the rust off and growing.  And he did so at an alarming rate.  It’s incredibly rare to discontinue performing — for four years — in a high-intensity sport such as football.  To return after those four years and still be able to compete with the best of the best, is an astonishing feat.

His teammate and good friend, Keanon Lowe, had a heavy hand in recruiting the former basketball player.  He commented on Loyd’s progress with high praise: “… [H]e’s out here with the Oregon Ducks and holding his own.  You can tell he’s a natural football player.”  Lowe went on to say that Loyd didn’t drop a single pass his first practice.

Loyd readying to play during the spring game.

Helfrich had been thoroughly impressed by Loyd’s performance during training and expects some great leadership out of the senior.  He allowed Loyd a fair amount of game time on Saturday to better assess his skills and where he’ll fit in next year’s roster.

Mistakes were made, hits were taken.  All were necessary evils, though, to continue Loyd’s transition back to competitive football.  Helfrich and Loyd know where they need to work to get the former basketball star on the Oregon Duck level.  Summer training is now upon them and Loyd can only improve from here.

It will be exciting to see Johnathan Loyd in action again come fall, in whatever capacity he’s allowed.  During the spring game he did his receiving duties, though it’s more likely we’ll see him get more game time on special teams.

He’s already got we fans behind him after winning our hearts on the basketball courts.  Let’s see if the winningest player in basketball history can bring that magic to Autzen Stadium and help make this the Ducks’ winningest season.  National championship, here we come.

And welcome (back) to football, Johnny Loyd.

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