Pac-12 Preview: Oregon

The Oregon Ducks keep improving and have the potential this season to be one of the surprise teams in the conference.

Coach: Dana Altman (431-261) Overall, (21-18) at Oregon

Oregon Key Losses: F Joevan Catron, G Jay-R Strowbridge, PG Malcolm Armstead

Joevan Catron's departure is a big loss for the Ducks. He was a physical and skilled presence around the basket and one of the better big men in the Pac -10. Strowbridge provided long-range shooting and was capable of putting up points in a hurry. Armstead was a pesky defender and respectable shooter.


SF: 6-8 Jr. E.J Singler 30.5 MPG 11.7 PPG 5.6 RPG 40 % Three-Point Percentage

G: 6-1 Sr. Garrett Sim 26.3 MPG 8.3 PPG 2.3 RPG 34 % Three-Point Percentage

F: 6-8 Sr. Jeremy Jacob 16 MPG 6.2 PPG 3.5 RPG

F/C: 6-8 Sr. Tyrone Nared 20 MPG 5.1 PPG 3.9 RPG

PG: 5-9 Fr. Jonathon Loyd 19.MPG 4.7 PPG 2.3 APG .9 SPG

Notable Newcomers: G 6'4"Jabari Brown , F 6'7" Olu Ashaolu (Louisiana Tech transfer), PG Bruce Barron, C Tony Woods

Strengths: Scoring, Quickness The Ducks figure to have a dynamic scoring duo in junior forward E.J Singler and freshman guard Jabari Brown. Singler is crafty and versatile with a nice inside-out game and should challenge for all-conference honors.

Blessed with size, athleticism, and the ability to score in a variety of ways, Brown is one of the top freshmen entering the college ranks. Considered an elite pro prospect, Brown has one-and-done potential.

Louisiana Tech transfer Olu Ashaolu figures to be a key figure during his one year at Oregon. The 6'7" senior big man averaged 14.2 points and 9.4 rebounds last year at Louisiana Tech. and will be counted on to provide a physical offensive and defensive presence.

While he needs to work on his shooting, 5'9" sophomore speedster Jonathon Loyd has shown the potential to be a disruptive defender and impact player.

Question Marks:-Will The Ducks' Inside Game Hold Up, Loyd's progression

- Oregon figures to rely heavily on the inside presences of Ashaolu and senior big man Tyrone Nared. Will any other capable big man emerge?

- While no one questions his ability to get after the ball defensively, or score points, he will need to be a steadying presence with the ball in his hands. If Loyd falters, touted freshman guard Bruce Barron will likely get a chance.


Short-Term Future: Expect Oregon to show significant progress in the program's second year under coach Dana Altman. The Ducks possess some of the better talent in the Pac-12 and return a nucleus of solid players possessing athleticism and skill. The addition of Ashaolu should blunt the loss of Catron.

If Oregon gets steady contributions from Ashaolu and Nared, don't be surprised to see the Ducks finish among the Pac-12 leaders.

Long-Term Future: Altman is a big upgrade over ex- Oregon coach Ernie Kent. In 13 years at Oregon, Kent's teams played in the NCAA tournament five times while Altman's mid-major Creighton squad made the tournament seven times in 16 years.

While Kent struggled to win games in his last few years, he struggled just as much on the recruiting front. Over the last 5 years, elite in-state players such as Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross left the state without giving Oregon serious consideration.

This figures to change as Altman has a reputation as strong recruiter.

Combine a good coach and recruiter with a school possessing state of the art athletic amenities, and the future looks very bright in Eugene.

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