The Ducks finished in 6th place, but only two games out of second. The season was a bit of a come-down after going to the Final Four, but they lost 7 rotation players off that roster.
Dana Altman has been a bit of a magician in putting together a new roster every season, but last season his luck ran out. But finishing in the middle of the conference with a totally revamped roster isn't a feat too many coaches could have pulled off, so maybe he hasn't lost his touch. We should find out this season.
Altman has not been doing it with smoke and mirrors. Every year he has assembled a pretty talented roster. This season will be no different.
Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Elijah Brown 30 14 3 3
MiKyle Macintosh 28 11 6 2
Roman Sorkin 7 3 1 0
They also lose little-used Evan Gross.
IN THE DRAFT
Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Troy Brown 31 11 6 3
Keith Smith is transferring out. He played 9 minutes, scoring 2 points with 1 board.
Oregon is still trying to bring in a graduate transfer shooting guard.
Minutes Points Boards Assists
Payton Pritchard 35 15 4 5 Jr 4-star 45
Paul White 23 9 4 2 Sr 4-star 55
Victor Bailey 17 7 2 1 So 4-star 86
Kenny Wooten 20 6 5 0 So 4-star 129
For a change Altman doesn't seem to be rebuiding a roster from the ground up, but he loses quite a bit. He loses 3 of his top 4 scorers, 2 of 3 leading assist men, and his two leading rebounders.
But Wooten is a beast in boards per minute, and before you cry about their rebounding take a look at their recruiting class. And Wooten is their leading shot-blocker with 2.6 per game.
HOWEVER, Altman usually rebuilds his roster with a bunch of junior college players and transfers. They are more mature and experienced. This year he is trying to do it with freshmen. albeit very talented freshmen.
RECRUITS (#3 class, #1 in Pac-12)
Bol Bol 5-star 5 C Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, SC,....
Louis King 5-star 19 SF Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, ....
Will Richardson 4-star 42 SG Georgia, Ohio St, Alabama, ....
Miles Norris 4-star 63 PF Arizona, Auburn, Texas, SC ....
Francis Okoro?? 4-star 48 C Kansas, Purdue, Tennessee, .....
This is Oregon's best recruiting class in school history, and they may not be done. It has plenty of size. Bol Bol is 7'2", Norris is 6' 10" and King is 6' 8". They are all those long, skinny athletes that Altman favors.
Bol Bol looks like a lottery pick in 2019.
2019 center Francis Okoro has committed to the Ducks basketball program this spring, and he is currently in the process of trying to reclassify and graduate high school this summer. If he can graduate high school in time, Okoro plans to enroll at Oregon this summer to join the 2018 recruiting class.
It seems pretty obvious why most people are predicting that Oregen will jump from 6th place to 1st in the Pac-12. Just consider:
1) Altman's coaching history
2) They are returning some talent, including perhaps the best guard in the Pac-12 in Pritchard.
3) A monster recruiting class.
4) Arizona's problems. UCLA's youth. The quality teams, other than Washington, are rebuilding.
There is lots of reason for optimism in Eugene.
However, there is also reason for concern. As we well know, not every talented freshman is an instant impact player. They lost 4 rotation players.
And they have only 4 players on the roster with any experience playing college ball.
Will this freshman class fill the gap? Can Altman do it again? Too bad the season is 6 months off. We won't know until the games start.
Palm predicts they will be a #4 seed. Lunardi has them as a #7.
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