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Oregon BB Coach Dana Altman: “We have a tremendous amount of work to do.”

When Dana Altman told reporters that, “Trouble is eight days from today. We have to go down to Baylor and play a game.” After a 35-point victory in the team’s final exhibition, it was as if he could see into the...

Preseason Coaches Poll Shows Oregon Ducks Basketball Has Respect

Polls never really mean much. The games still have to be played, and no trophies are given out for poll rankings. That being said, the release of the preseason basketball Coaches Poll signifies that the season is right around the...

Web Extra: UO Falls in NCAA Tournament

OMAHA, Neb.–Exactly a year to the day, No. 8 Oregon faced off against No. 1 Wisconsin in the Round of 32 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. While the Ducks kept it close to the very end, they couldn’t pull out the win at CenturyLink Center as they fell 72-65.

Jordan Bell is Oregon’s Sultan of Swat

The Ducks‘ 75-67 victory over USC at Matt Knight Arena was a special night for two of Oregon’s most charismatic and effective players. Senior Joseph Young scored 19 points, becoming the 33rd Duck in Oregon basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. Jordan Bell, Oregon’s...

Oregon Adds Israeli Sorkin to Roster

The Oregon Ducks have added Roman Sorkin, a 6’9, 225-pound power forward/center from Israel to their roster. Sorkin has enrolled at the university and is eligible to play immediately.

NetScouts Basketball scouted Sorkin at the U18 European “B” Championships last summer in Bulgaria. Sorkin was impressive in his nine games there averaging 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds. He was the fifth leading rebounder and fourth leading shot blocker (1.4 pg) at the event. Sorkin pulled down a event-high 24 rebounds in a contest against Estonia.

He has a nice touch on a mid-range shot and is a solid free throw shooter for a big (26-of-32, 81.3% at the U18’s). He could ultimately be a stretch-4 at the next level, according to Amir Uzi, his youth team coach in Israel. Based on his skill level he would have been a Top-100 level recruit had he been playing in the USA.

Sorkin brings much needed size to an Oregon team that has been over-achieving thus far this season. Since he’s just starting to practice with the team it will probably be some time before he sees any significant court minutes, However, depending on how 6’10 Michael Chandler progresses, Sorkin may be seen sooner rather than later. He should battle for a starting spot as soon as next season.

Sorkin’s YouTube highlight clip can be viewed here:

Sorkin’s arrival in Eugene coincides with a visit from Arizona on Thursday night. The Wildcats, another subscriber to our scouting service, has 7-foot freshman Serbian center Dusan Ristic on their roster. Ristic has been backing up fellow 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski and has shown good potential in his limited minutes. He scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in 11 minutes of action in Arizona’s win over Arizona State on Sunday. Ristic should start at center for the Wildcats next season before likely heading to the NBA.

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Brooks Leads Oregon Ducks to Upset of No. 25 Illinois

DucksIll1Chicago, IL—The Oregon Ducks upset the 25th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini 77-70 at the United Center.

The Ducks, who were down by 13 points with just over four minutes to play in the first half, became the aggressor and used a 13-4 run to cut the halftime deficit to four. The second half saw each team battle back and forth for the lead until the Ducks went on a late 7-0 run late in the game that proved too much for the Illini to overcome. Oregon finished the game with 40 points in the paint, which for a team who doesn’t start a player over 6’7” is a very impressive feat. The victory is the first over Top-25 competition for the Ducks on the year.

With Oregon’s senior star Joseph Young being brought off the bench for violating a team rule, 6’6”  freshman Dillon Brooks led the way with a career game, scoring 24 points and adding in five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Young is a smart, athletic, and versatile forward with a smooth stroke. He doesn’t try force the action and consistently is in good positioning in regards to spacing and rebounding. Overall, Brooks is a smart, fundamentally sound player that every team values.DucksIll3

Coming off the bench for the first time in 42 games for the Ducks, preseason Wooden award nominee Young, still had an impressive impact on the game finishing with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists.  He controlled the game from the moment he stepped on the floor, adding another dimension to the Ducks offense. He’s a creator capable of making plays on his own or for his teammates. Young can also shoot the ball with ease and has a great release going 5-for-12 tonight and 2-for-4 from the 3 point line. Going 3-for-3 from the free throw line tonight Young now is shooting an amazing 95 percent on the year, ranking him fifth in the nation.

While the Illini failed come away with the victory, fans have to be excited about the career game from senior guard Rayvonte Rice. Rice displayed his great shooting ability going 9-for-16 from the field, 5-for-7 from the 3-point line, scoring a season high 29 points. The Ducks often times were playing a 2-3 zone and Rice continuously made them pay from the 3-point line. Rice is a scoring machine; he has a good first step burst and a soft touch around the basket making him a very difficult match up.

DucksIll4The Illini will have a chance to get things back on track Wednesday at home vs. Hampton before a huge rivalry game next Saturday vs. 16th ranked Missouri in St. Louis. Meanwhile Oregon gets a break from power conference competition until Pac-12 play. The Ducks will host Cal State Northridge on Wednesday.

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Horrible Situation Turns into an Incredible Outcome

 

A few weeks ago the University of Oregon basketball team took a huge hit, as it lost three vital pieces to the future of the program due to some unacceptable actions that have been covered in depth. The entire nation heard of the situation, and surely an untrue stigma has been placed upon the university.

Coach Dana Altman has expressed his disappointment in his group of guys in his most recent interviews, as he has stressed multiple times that this behavior is unacceptable, and was totally shocked about the actions of those individuals. Altman is a recruiting genius, as he’s been able to recruit some incredible players to boost the team’s credibility across the nation. This situation was a setback in what the Ducks’ ultimate goals are … or was it?

Oregon has struggled for many years to establish a feared basketball program, and as strange as it may sound, this may have opened a door that no one would have ever imagined could have been opened. Yes, the situation that was presented to the program was disgusting, and sickening, regardless of whether or not the athletes are innocent. But, with Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson, and Brandon Austin now dismissed from the team, the Ducks have become a team in a very prosperous position.

Prosperous? Favorable? Dean, are you insane? If this happened when Altman first began to coach here, yes, I would agree that this is a terrible situation for the Ducks and it could take years, maybe even decades for their recovery. However, with the timing of the players’ departure, Oregon can make some situational moves.

Coach Altman a master not only of the X's and O's, but bringing order as a leader

Coach Altman a master not only of the X’s and O’s, but bringing order as a leader.

As Dana’s time has gone on as the Oregon coach, the success of the program has only grown more and more, and a greater number of highly recruited players have shown their interest in our incredible athletic establishment every year. It started with Jabari Brown, who unfortunately didn’t feel fit for the program, all the way to today as we have an incoming three 4-star recruits and one 5-star joining our program, three of them being freshman!

The positions include a center, a guard, and two forwards. Hmmm, and don’t we already have an established shooting guard (Joseph Young) in the program who can lead by example and mentor the younger players in their roles?

Dana Altman is always thinking one step ahead of everyone else, and with the situation playing out as it is, the Ducks have put themselves in a position to be one of the best teams in the Pac-12, if not the nation, within the next couple of years, something I never could have said confidently with the personnel that was previously on the team.

It all starts with a position that has been long lost for the Ducks — center. Who was the last great center for the Ducks that was really able to dominate the paint? Yeah, I don’t remember anybody either. But, with 6’10”, 240 lbs., Michael Chandler – former teammate of Elgin Cook with Northwest Florida State – joining the squad, he’ll probably be the closest thing to a great center that the Ducks have had in recent years. With height, and size, and the ability to score on the inside, Oregon should feel a lot more comfortable with Chandler starting things off for the Ducks.

It doesn’t end there, as right next to Chandler on the other side of the paint, will be Jordan Bell. He is a 6’7″ monster, as he puts fear in every person coming into the key. In fact, they usually get embarrassed badly at the rim. I can’t say enough about this young man, so check out Lawrence Hastings’ analysis of Jordan Bell for more in-depth coverage on whom Lawrence calls, “The Bug Zapper.”

Elgin Cook throwing it down like a boss.

Elgin Cook throwing it down like a boss.

But, the fun doesn’t end there, as Coach Altman has acquired an incredible amount of talent in such a short period of time. Starting at the three spot is a little unsure, as Cook has worked his tail off. However, incoming freshman Dwayne Benjamin may be even more talented!

The young man dropped 21 points and 8 rebounds a game in his senior year of high school, and his ceiling for growth goes as high as he’s willing to work. The kid is a beast, and it will be interesting to see who wins the battle between the two, or maybe three if Bell’s starting job is challenged due to this kid’s talent. Here’s a little taste of what Benjamin can do to spice up the squad:

We obviously know Young has incredible ability, so no need to talk about what our MVP adds to the team. As long as he continues to improve on his ability to handle the ball and take it to the basket, the Ducks should be set with the best 2-guard in the conference.

But finally, who’s going to get the ball to all of these talented athletes? Who’s going to take over the role that we’ve loved so much over the past four years with Johnathan Loyd running the point? Coach Altman has an answer for that too, as he is bringing in one of the most talented point guards in the nation, something we haven’t heard about in a very long time. The name is JaQuan Lyle, and this kid will be your favorite point-guard in the games to come.

At an incredible height of 6’5″, the guy can handle the ball. Handles, stroke, vision, rebounding, defense, aggressiveness … he’s got it all, baby! He may not be as quick due to his height, but man can this kid run the point. If he can develop into the player he has the potential to be, watch out as he could be the future of not only this league, but the big boy’s league too. If you don’t believe me, just watch:

So, yeah, whatever you knew about the Ducks as a team, scratch that. This is a whole new dynamic squad, and they’re coming harder, faster and stronger than ever!

Go Ducks!!

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

Oregon Wins Civil War By Shooting The Beavers Out Of The Gym

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In front of 10,000 plus fans at Matthew Knight Arena, the Oregon Ducks avenged the Beavers victory earlier this year in Corvallis, beating OSU 93-83 on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks put on a shooting clinic and offensive flurry from the get-go, hitting their first seven three-pointers of the game. UO’s largest lead was 31-12 with 10:39 remaining in the first half.

“When the ball goes in the hole, the team’s energy goes up, home or on the road,” UO head coach Dana Altman said.

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Joseph Young attacks the hoop. Photo by Don Olson/Fishduck.com

“It kind of gets contagious with this team. When you’re 100 percent, you don’t want to be that first guy to miss,” F Mike Moser said.

The run was highlighted by three three-pointers by F Mike Moser and a beautiful arcing pass from PG Johnathan Loyd to C Waverly Austin, who found a cutting G Damyean Dotson for a thunderous dunk.

Waverly Austin shooting arare jumper. Photo by Don Olson/Fishduck.com
Waverly Austin shooting a rare jumper. Photo by Don Olson/Fishduck.com

But after Austin knocked down a mid-range jumper with 8:52 remaining in half one, the Beavers slowly ate away at the lead, dominating the Ducks in the paint and getting some big time buckets from Pac-12 leading scorer Roberto Nelson. OSU scored 12 more points in the paint than UO and scored five more second chance points on the afternoon.

“Everybody has to get involved. We just have to be a better rebounding team,” Altman said.

The Beavers trimmed the UO lead to just two with 5:11 left in regulation.

However, OSU shot 33 percent and turned the ball over a couple times in the final five minutes. On the other end, UO made 14 free throws in that same time period and cruised to victory.

“I just told the guys, take a deep breath here. It still comes down to stops. It still comes down to execution. And I thought for the most part they did a pretty good job of that,” Altman said.

“Once we were able to get a few stops and a few rebounds, we were able to get to the line and that was huge for us in the second half,” Moser added. 

Joseph Young led the way, accumulating 25 points, along with four rebounds and four assists. Young was a key contributor in UO’s huge run, but he made his biggest impact in the second half when the Ducks lead was hanging on by a thread. In just four possessions midway through the second half, Young scored eight points, including two acrobatic and-one’s.

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Elgin Cook passes the ball through a defender to an open Johnathan Loyd, Photo by Don Olson/Fishduck.com

Moser and G Jason Calliste also played well. Calliste went 4-6 from three and scored 14 points. Moser added 15 points and seven rebounds.

The victory cemented Johnathan Loyd’s name in UO lore as the PG tied EJ Singler’s record for most victories in Oregon history.

“It has been a long but quick four years. To out beat EJ in the wins category will feel good. I’m going to put that in his face,” Loyd said.

On his big night, Loyd played very well, scoring 11 points, which is his highest point total in nine games, and dishing out five assists.

The trio of Eric Moreland, Haurice Cook and Nelson led the Beavs scoring attack all afternoon. The group scored 51 of the Beavers 83 points, led by 18 from Nelson.

However, OSU was uncharacteristically cold from beyond the arc. The third ranked team in the nation in three-point field goal percentage made just 5-16 three-pointers.

The Ducks have been a team that lives and dies by the three all season and Sunday was no different. Though the Ducks started the game 7-7 and finished the first half 9-14 from long distance, they made just 2-7 three-pointers in the second half, allowing OSU the opportunity to forge a comeback.

However, 93 points was the Ducks highest point total against the Beavers in 19 meetings.

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Damyean Dotson attempts a difficult shot. Photo by Don Olson/Fishduck.com

Altman commented on the significance of the Civil War victory:

“With them being only 45 minutes away, to a lot of our people it means more(than other games). As a coach they’re all ball games. Heck, I’m still wrestling with Arizona and Arizona State,” Altman said.

The Ducks will look to continue to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume on Wednesday against the Washington Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena. 

“Playing the Huskies, that is pretty much a rivalry game for us too, so we’re going to have to bring that same intensity. We are playing for a lot more than a win or a loss, a lot more,” Loyd said.

When asked if UO is good enough to make it to the big dance, Altman said, “Right now we’re not, but we can change that.”

 

University of Oregon to give out Phil Knight bobbleheads at Feb. 1 game

If you’ve always felt your collection of CEO bobblehead dolls was lacking a crucial figure(ine), you’re in luck. As part of “Appreciation Knight,” the University of Oregon will be handing out bobbleheads of Nike co-founder Phil Knight when the Ducks host the USC Trojans at Matthew Knight Arena on February 1. GoDucks.com has the official […]

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