Ducks Basketball: Moments In Time
And with the NCAA tournament right around the corner, the Ducks who are still on the bubble, could use a little help.
From Slim Wintermute to Luke Jones, here is a list of my top starters that would be a shoe in to cut down the nets in New Orleans come tourney time.
PG Ron Lee
SG Fred Jones
SF Luke Jackson
PF Greg Ballard
C Slim Wintermute
1. Ron Lee, Point Guard
He is the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,085 career points as well as field goals made (838). But his accomplishments on the Oregon hardwood don’t stop there. Lee was much more than just a scorer, winding up second all-time at UO in career assists with 572, while holding the school record for single-game assists with 17.
The three-time All-American was the 1976 conference Player of the year and the MVP of the 1975 NIT. A pure shooter and leader.
2. Fred Jones, Shooting Guard
The once underachiever, led Oregon to a rare PAC-10 basketball title in 2001-2002, as well an Elite Eight appearance during his senior year, becoming an instant candidate for PAC-10 Player of the Year while averaging 18.6 points per game.
The winner of the 2004 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Jones is an explosive leaper who can electrify the home crowd with a thundering dunk.
3. Luke Jackson, Small Forward
One of the more complete players in UO history, Jackson had one of the more productive and well-rounded careers, statistically in his four years with the Ducks, and despite a relatively slow freshman start, was named to four straight All-PAC-10 teams.
The Oregon native was versatile on the court, and is one of just two players in PAC-10 history with at least 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, and 400 assists.
A true craftsman at his position.
4. Greg Ballard, Power Forward
Not only could Ballard score, like 43 points in a win over Oral Roberts on March 9, 1977 that is still the school record for most points in a single game. Ballard was a stud on the glass night after night, pulling down a UO best 1,114, career rebounds in 115 games.
At 6-7 and 215 pounds, his size, strength and hard-nosed attitude could be just what the Ducks need to pick up points and keep the opposition out of the paint.
5. Slim Wintermute , Center
Part of the Oregon team the “Tall Firs” due to the height of the team’s players, the 6-8, All-American, led the Ducks to the 1939 NCAA championship.
Surprisingly, not only was the West Coast’s tallest player at the time an outstanding rebounder and defensive player, he was also uncharteristically a fine outside shooter as well.
Wintermute led the league in field goals during his teams run to the championship and was the leading rebounder, a unique mix of skill and power.