Oregon bball on the rise
The University of Oregon basketball program received big news this weekend when Arsalan Kazemi, a transfer from Rice University, chose the Ducks over the Kentucky Wildcats; but the weekend got even bigger when they landed brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson.
What They Bring To The Table
The two brothers from San Diego, who will graduate high school in 2013, will enter the university as four-star recruits who will play both basketball and football for the Ducks.
Tyree Robinson, 6’3”, 190 pounds, is a shooting guard who averaged 21.3 points per game last season. He is a very good three-point shooter with a consistent release and good form.
He is slightly undersized for his position, but at the collegiate level—and in Oregon’s offense—he will fit the up-tempo pace for which the Ducks have become known.
His brother Tyrell is a small forward who posted 16.9 points per game.
At 6’3” he is extremely undersized if he’s going to play small forward, but he has power and athleticism that his brother doesn’t possess.
He too plays fast, and if he can keep his game in control and improve his long-range shot, he’ll be another great addition to the Ducks roster.
Arsalan Kazemi, if deemed eligible per NCAA transfer regulations, will be a senior for the 2012-13 season.
He is the first native Iranian to play Division I basketball, and as a junior last season, he averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds.
The 6’7”, 220-pound forward will bring toughness to the Ducks whenever he is allowed to hit the court.
Although he isn’t the tallest player, his ability to make plays in the paint is huge, as he’ll be able to add a whole new dynamic to the Oregon frontcourt.
The Future of the Program
Getting these big names is great for the team’s immediate success, but acquiring commits of this nature does so much more for the future of the program.
Since Dana Altman’s arrival in April 2010, the team has been in rebuilding mode.
A new coach, a new arena and a new era of Ducks basketball has made for a period of transition, but the real change comes with the addition of top-tier talent.
The transfer of Kazemi is big for the program, as it gives the team another leader to mold an ever-changing roster.
Following in the footsteps of Tony Woods, Waverly Austin and former Duck Devoe Joseph, the senior plans to come in, build his draft stock and help the team get closer to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The commitment from the brothers to play in Eugene is huge for long-term stability.
This team can only last so long with the occasional one-and-done senior, and stockpiling young recruits is the way to get back to relevancy.
The past few years have been all about football when it comes to Oregon, but with the basketball program trending the right direction, it’s only a matter of time before the team begins to make a splash on the national scene.