Oregon Ducks: Basketball Recruiting

RecruitingNation: Stanley Johnson interview

August, 7, 2013
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Stanley Johnson, the nation’s No. 12 player, discusses his five official visits -- and two planned unofficial visits -- with Dave Telep and recaps his busy summer, capped by 17 points and 11 boards in the adidas Nations finale.

ESPN 100 PG Newton names finalists 

July, 31, 2013
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On Tuesday, one of the schools that had been a legitimate landing spot for ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) was eliminated -- and not by Newton’s doing, either.

When fellow ESPN 100 prospect Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) committed to play for Villanova, Jay Wright’s point guard search was over.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton trimmed his list to UCLA, Oregon, Minnesota, Syracuse, Miami and Texas A&M.
A day later, Newton has narrowed his final list of colleges to six.
Senior small forward Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend Travis/Findlay Prep) had a strong feeling he was going to make some cuts to his list of suitors shortly after the conclusion of the Nike Peach Jam this past weekend.

That feeling became a reality Wednesday morning as Oubre, the No. 20 player in the ESPN 100, trimmed his massive list down to eight schools.

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Arizona PG Casey Benson picks Oregon

July, 8, 2013
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Multiple outlets are reporting that Oregon landed a commitment from point guard Casey Benson (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) on Sunday night.

The senior-to-be is the first commitment for head coach Dana Altman from the 2014 class. Benson chose the Ducks over Arizona State, Gonzaga, Colorado, Oregon State and Rice, among others.
Fast-rising ESPN 100 power forward/center Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) trimmed his list of college suitors on Wednesday.

The No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2014, who has seen his recruitment skyrocket this spring and summer after being unranked coming into the travel season, narrowed his list from a whopping 58 to a more manageable 26 heading into the July evaluation period and hopes to trim the list even further after this month.

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Ducks in need of frontcourt help 

April, 3, 2013
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The Oregon campus is buzzing with hope after the Pac-12 tournament champion Ducks' Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament. Dana Altman -- the Pac-12 Coach of the Year -- has solidified himself as one of the better coaches in the college game. Altman has done a masterful job of piecing together a roster left in shambles by the previous Ducks' staff.

Altman has recruited well, including last year's class which included the future of the Oregon program. Point guard Dominic Artis, shooting guard Damyean Dotson and power forward Ben Carter are a formidable trio that should lead the Ducks to even greater heights. While Artis -- No. 62 in the 2012 ESPN 100 -- was certainly a huge signing for Altman, the Ducks are still searching for a true game-changer on the hardwood. Artis was the point guard the Ducks were in desperate need of, but the front court is where the Ducks have always fallen short.


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On Tuesday during media day for the McDonald's All American Game, No. 4 overall recruit Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) is slated to announce his college decision from a list of finalists that is comprised of Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington.

Whichever school he chooses, his rare combination of skills and incredible athleticism will make him an instant-impact player and program-changing recruit from day one. Consider this: Gordon has drawn numerous comparisons to NBA All-Star Blake Griffin.

So before he finally ends the suspense and makes one college program very happy, let's break down what a commitment from Gordon would mean for each of his four finalists.

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Telep's Top 10: Sweet 16 recruiting stories 

March, 27, 2013
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This year’s NCAA tournament has been full of great stories, from Florida Gulf Coast’s Cinderella run to La Salle going from First Four to Sweet 16 to the Big Ten placing four teams in the final 16.

But what about the stories behind the stories -- the tales of how some of this year’s March Madness stars ended up at their eventual schools and helped shape this year’s tourney? To delve into those, this week’s top 10 looks at the 10 best recruiting stories from players and teams in the Sweet 16.

Top 10 Recruiting Stories From the Sweet 16


1. Trey Burke, Michigan
Mick Cronin is not going to want to hear this again, but it’s true. Burke was going to Cincinnati. It was nearly a done deal. But one last call to Michigan’s staff changed the fate of two programs. According to recruiting lore, Burke’s father called a final time asking Michigan if it was interested in Burke. If the answer was no, then Burke was going to Cincinnati. This was in late July of Burke’s pre-senior summer. Remember, it wasn’t like the now All-American was hot stuff then. He was good -- a late top-100 player -- but he wasn’t the player then that he has become. Ultimately, Michigan said it wanted Burke and the Wolverines landed him a few days later.

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Aaron Gordon to announce at McDonald's

March, 18, 2013
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According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, ESPN 100 power forward Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) will announce his college decision at the McDonald's All American Game in Chicago on April 3. The game will be shown live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m ET.

Gordon has narrowed his choices to Washington, Arizona, Kentucky and Oregon. The senior will lead his Mitty team into Saturday's Open Division state final against Mater Dei (Santa Ana).

Ducks land son of former NBA All-Star 

March, 7, 2013
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Small forward Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State College), the son of former NBA all-star Alvin Robertson, verbally committed to Oregon on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Cook originally signed with Iowa State out of high school but opted for junior college after failing to qualify. The 6-foot-6 wing chose the Ducks over Gonzaga, Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico and South Carolina, among others.

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Ducks pursuing top 10 hoops recruit

February, 11, 2013
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Dave Telep has the inside scoop on Oregon's full-court press of No. 7 hoops recruit Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty). Get the full report here Insider.

Oregon, USC recruits continue to shine 

December, 19, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Wednesday's nationally ranked showdown between No. 22 Omaha Central (Neb.) and No. 6 Long Beach Poly (Calif.) was the best so far of the City of Palms Classic.

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Pac-12-bound duo nothing but consistent 

December, 18, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The City of Palms Classic wasn't our first time watching the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly duo of Roschon Prince and power forward Jordan Bell. These guys are headed to Southern Cal and Oregon, respectively, and I’d argue that their future college coaches know exactly what they’ll have coming to campus next season.

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Top 10 recruit Gordon down to three 

November, 15, 2012
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The news came over at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday night. ESPN 100 power forward Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), the No. 7 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, trimmed his list to a trio of programs, including two from the Pac-12.

"Aaron has narrowed his list to Arizona, Washington and Kentucky in no particular order," his mom, Shelly Gordon, wrote in an email.

It's not a commitment and there's no timetable on his decision, but it is significant news. Gone from the list are Kansas, California and Oregon. The Blake Griffin clone is one of the few recruits left on the board who can alter the landscape of a class.

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Oregon hoops adds Calif. F Jordan Bell 

November, 13, 2012
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Jordan BellScott Kurtz for ESPN.comLong Beach (Calif.) Poly forward Jordan Bell committed to Oregon Tuesday, giving the Ducks their first commitment in the 2013 class.
After a weekend visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers' program, the No. 14 player in California, F Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic) decided to announce his commitment at a small press conference at the school today. Choosing between life-long favorite Connecticut, Oregon and Auburn, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward announced that he will be heading to Eugene to play for Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks.

Ranked as the No. 27 in the West region by ESPN, Bell is just what the Ducks have been in search of in recent years. His long frame, athleticism and untapped potential make him an ideal fit for the Ducks' style of play. Bell has yet to reach his potential on the offensive end, but the defensive end is where the Long Beach Poly standout has made his name.

Bell averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a junior for the Jackrabbits, who at 29-3 overall, were among the top teams in California last season. Bell had three triple-doubles comprised of points, rebounds and blocked shots. Two of them came against Long Beach Jordan, including a game last January when he finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 16 blocks.

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