Back to the Tournament
The Oregon Ducks have lost Arsalan Kazemi, Carlos Emory, E.J. Singler, and Tony Woods from last year’s Sweet 16 run. Finding replacements for these guys may not be too difficult with who they’ve brought in.
Kazemi’s rebounding, and all around knack for the ball, pared with Woods’ defensive low post presence, and both Singler and Emory’s scoring and depth that they added will surely be missed.
Dana Altman has done a great job getting guys to fulfill these roles left behind by last year’s seniors. Getting back to the NCAA Tournament may not be as hard as some expect.
Recruits and Transfers
Oregon has a pretty big recruiting class thus far with 3 transfers and 5 freshmen coming in.
A great player who has recently transferred to Oregon from UNLV. Mike Moser‘s sophomore year with the UNLV Rebels was outstanding. Last year I expected great things from him and the Rebels, but his junior year was riddled with injuries.
He looks to be healthy now and is expected to start at power forward for Oregon this season.
Moser should fill in nicely for Kazemi. He is solid on the boards and can score from a number of areas on the court. He can shoot and score at the rim. His offensive skills will be an improvement from Kakemi, though they will lose a little bit on the defensive end.
A top-ranked junior college transfer from NW Florida State, Elgin Cook is expected to come in and start at small forward. He is a good athlete and defender. He is good at getting to the rim, which leads to easy baskets and is a big reason why he was able to shoot nearly 60% from the field with his junior college team.
Another junior college transfer, Jalil Abdul-Bassit spent his past two seasons at North Idaho College where he averaged 13 points a game and shot 45% from the field. The junior wing can come in and give Oregon some depth and scoring off the bench with the ability to play at either 2 or 3.
A four star power forward, Jordan Bell‘s high-flying acts and ability to run the floor should fit great with Oregon’s fast guards and up-tempo play. He is also a great defender and shot-blocker. He also has a yellowish tint mohawk that will go great in a Oregon Ducks uniform.
Tyree and Tyrell Robinson
Twin recruits coming to Oregon off football scholarships, Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson from San Diego hope to play basketball for Oregon as well. Tyree is the more touted prospect when it comes to basketball, and he enjoys it more as well.
The two 6’4″ twins are very talented in each sport and should contribute in both sports for the next few years.
They come in as defensive players in football which will help the defensive end for Oregon basketball. Defensive players in football usually translate well to team/off-ball defense in basketball.
A local Oregon kid from Sprague High School in Salem, A.J. Lapray adds more depth to the small forward position. He was a good scorer in high school. In his sophomore through senior year, he averaged over 16 points a game. Give him a year or two and you will see him start to contribute.
A 6’9″ PF/C from Brazil, there are questions regarding Christiano Felicio‘s eligibility, but once that gets cleared up, he should be a solid player for Oregon. From what I’ve seen he is a solid big man.
He has good post moves, finishes well around the rim, and has good rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.
Chances on Making 2104 Tournament
Oregon transfers Moser and Cook will fill into the starting line-up with ease. They don’t really lose much with Austin coming in over Woods at center. They will have the same backcourt with Domic Artis and Damyean Dotson, whom will be sophomore’s next season.
The starting lineup looks good. If they can get some help from their bench then they will be as tough team.
I like their chances to return to the NCAA Tournament and I can’t wait to watch Moser in a Ducks uniform for the 2013-14 season.