Fifth Spot Could Be A Combination

The Oregon Ducks are headed into the 2007-08 season feeling very good about themselves. After all they took everyone by surprise last year by winning the Pac-10 Tournament, then making a bold statement by making it to the Elite-8 in the NCAA March Madness. The only drawback this year is that Oregon will be shy one No. 1, Aaron Brooks, who has taken his skills to the NBA.

The biggest question for the Ducks as they head into the upcoming season is who will take over the fifth starting position that was formerly held by Brooks? Three of the four other starters are seniors, Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor and Maarty Leunen. Sharpshooting sophomore Tajuan Porter is a cinch to be either the shooting guard or point, so that leaves one position to fill.

Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent feels pretty good about this dilemma because he has a deep bench this year and can turn that asset into dividends based on the team needs. The competition now is wide open with a combination of big men, composed of seniors Mitch Platt and Ray Schafer, plus transfer junior Frantz Dorsainvil, all of whom can provide rebounding and defensive muscle underneath. Kent says the fifth spot this year is more about playing a role, someone who knows how to rebound, block out and score if necessary.

"We have no problems at playing big, if it's one of the bigger guys playing in that position," said Kent of the possibilities the Ducks have. "We have no problems playing small if it's Joevan in that position."

Another option for the fifth spot is a guy Duck fans really got to know pretty well last spring -- Joevan Catron.

Catron is about 15 pounds lighter this fall than he was last spring. He hasn't lost his nose for the ball, and during the summer worked on his shooting touch. He brings to the table valuable experience and the ability to dig the ball out of the crowd and find his way to the basket.

"I'm certainly confident Joevan is thoroughly capable of doing that because of how he came on last year and he had a terrific summer," summarized Kent of Catron fulfilling the fifth starting position.

Catron was the sixth-man last season averaging 3.1 points per game and 13.minutes per contest. He appeared in 35 games and started twice.

Fall camp for Oregon starts on Friday, October 12th.

Joevan took time to talk to eDuck Sports about the upcoming season and what he did during the off-season:

Catron talks at Media Day

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