The Magic Altman
Dana Altman has done wonders for the Oregon basketball program. Heading to the Ducks in 2010 after a successful run at Creighton, Altman has improved his squad year-in and year-out, with this year being by far the greatest season in recent program history.
Taking the Ducks to the NIT in his second year, Altman and his group of top recruits found themselves near the top of the Pac-12 throughout the year and were even ranked as high as 10th in the nation.
Though they missed out on a Pac-12 Title, Oregon bounced back in the Pac-12 Tournament, taking home the trophy for the first time since 2008 while vaulting themselves into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, where they played spoiler in their first two games before being ousted in the Sweet 16 by eventual national champion Louisville.
Clearly, Altman knows what he’s doing.
Once using the recruits of Ernie Kent, Altman’s strategy of finding exactly the right types of players for each role is beginning to pay off in Eugene. Translating to better records every year, next year’s Oregon basketball team could be his most deadly yet. Returning stars Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson will have further improved their game during the offseason while a plethora of new faces will come in and look to make an immediate impact.
In fact, the Ducks recently compiled quite the impressive recruiting class, with Jordan Bell, a 6’8″ power forward, being the highlight.
But though Oregon and Altman have been building a solid base of youthful talent that will undoubtedly play a huge part in the success of the program in the coming years, there’s no denying the fact that the Ducks have had quite a few transfers make HUGE impacts in Eugene.
With the success Altman has had with transfers recently, it’s no surprise that 2013 saw him land two huge players who will look to immediately help to make the Ducks even more potent next year.
Let’s give you a preview of who they are.
Mike Moser is the kind of player who will take the Ducks from great to elite. A player from Portland who originally signed with UCLA before transferring to UNLV, Moser has the tools to succeed with the Ducks and in the Pac-12.
Having his breakout year in his first season with the Rebels, Moser’s junior campaign was hindered by injuries as well as some coaching moves that put him out of his comfort zone and took him away from his element.
Now that he has decided to come play ball in Eugene, the standout should flourish in Altman’s up-tempo game. Moser is an explosive player who will be a great compliment to Artis and Dotson, giving the Ducks plenty of scoring threats even with the departures of E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi, and Tony Woods.
Look for him to have a stellar season at Oregon while helping the Ducks get even better than they were in 2012-2013.
In all likelihood fans of the Ducks won’t get to see Joseph Young on the court in 2013-2014, as the Houston transfer, per NCAA rules, will have to petition the NCAA for a waiver to play this year. Yet, despite this, Altman has done it once again.
Deciding to play at Houston because his father was the director of basketball operations at the school, Young decided to head to Oregon for his final season due to the fact that his father was reassigned from his former position.
Playing the guard position for the Cougars, Young averaged 18 points per game in 2012-2013 while being able to dish out 2.5 assists per game and collect 3.5 rebounds per game. Should he be deemed eligible to play this season, his presence could make the Ducks even more potent in 2013-2014.