Oregon Ducks Add Transfer, Big Commitment for 2018 Class, Notes

The departure of Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, and Jordan Bell have left a hole for Dana Altman to fill next season for the Oregon Ducks. Payton Pritchard is expecting a larger role after a successful freshman campaign. With the incoming 2017 class, redshirt freshman M.J. Cage, and returners from last season, a different starting lineup is in store.

Pritchard will be relied on heavily but cannot expect to carry the load each night. Enter transfer Elijah Brown to fill the void left by Brooks and Dorsey. A transfer from New Mexico, Brown averaged 18.9 points per game to lead the Lobos. The dismissal of New Mexico head coach Craig Neal prompted Brown and three other players to transfer from the program. Gonzaga, Iowa State, and Northwestern were the other candidates Brown considered.

Brown’s presence will certainly fill an offensive need alongside Pritchard as the other production will come from the new faces and returnees. Five-star forward Troy Brown Jr. is part of the incoming 2017 class and could make significant contributions as a freshman. Brown is the son of current Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown.

Coach Altman has been successful in landing transfer who have propelled the Ducks to the national stage. Dylan Ennis was the most recent transfer in helping Oregon reach the Final Four this past season. The hope with Brown is Oregon can stay competitive and continue the streak of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Ducks Land 5-Star Power Forward

Oregon’s Final Four appearance has seen Coach Altman’s staff reap the benefits in recruiting. The 2018 recruiting class was off to a decent and perhaps became the best recruiting class Oregon may see. Five-star power forward Miles Norris announced his commitment to Oregon, making him the marquee signing for the 2018 class. Dorsey and Bell were highly regarded recruits when picking Oregon, and their success has helped in recruiting players to the Ducks.

Norris was considering Oregon’s Pac-12 rivals Arizona and California as well when narrowing his choices. Before his decision, four-star recruit Kenny Wooten was already in the Ducks’ fold. Look for the two to be future stars in Eugene and keep Oregon a powerhouse in the Pac-12.

Ducks’ Notes

After Oregon had dropped a close game to North Carolina in the Final Four, Casey Benson announced a few days later he would transfer for his final season. Benson saw his minutes diminish after the emergence of Pritchard resulting in his time coming off the bench.

Benson will be playing closer to home in Arizona as he will play for Grand Canyon University. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play.

Also, choosing to seek a transfer is Kavell Bigby-Williams who appeared to be the next man up after Chris Boucher. Though the big man has not announced where he will play next season, he could still come back and play at Oregon. Named national junior college player of the year at Gillette College, Bigby-Williams initially joined the Ducks last summer.

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