- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
The Ducks recently lost out on combo guard Darin Johnson of Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon, when he committed to the rival Washington Huskies. The Ducks are still in search of talent for the Class of 2013 and have their sights set on two of the elite forwards on the West Coast. One of them has already visited and the other will be in town over the weekend.
Six-foot-7, 210-pound Jordan Bell of Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic has a top four of Oregon, UConn, Kansas State and Auburn and will be in Eugene for a visit this weekend. Bell has long said that UConn is his "dream school" and he would commit on the spot if he receives a long-awaited offer from the Big East power.
It doesn't look as if an offer is on the way from the Huskies, which puts Oregon -- another long-time favorite -- in the driver's seat for the Long Beach Poly star. Bell plans to wait things out and see if that coveted UConn offer comes his way. He likely won't commit until late 2012 or even wait until the spring, but a good visit to Oregon would go a long way in solidifying the Ducks as his favorite should things stay the same.
His length and athleticism would be a huge addition to Dana Altman's program. Bell isn't the most gifted player on the offensive end of the floor at this point, but his overall game is very strong. Bell has a high upside as he can polish his offensive game while making an impact everywhere else.
In one Long Beach Poly game last year -- against rival Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan -- Bell exploded for 16 points, 14 rebounds and an amazing 16 blocks. His length and athleticism can't be taught and, when paired with his explosive athleticism, Bell would be the type of player the Ducks have never been able to sign.
Gordon receiving full-court press
Aaron Gordon from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty visited Oregon last month and was impressed with what the Ducks had to offer. The No. 6 player in the ESPN 100 has ties to the Ducks via former AAU teammates Dominic Artis -- Oregon's freshman point guard -- and current Oregon commits Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln.
The twins -- who are set to play both football and basketball in Eugene -- are currently teammates with Gordon on the powerful Oakland Soldiers AAU squad, which is coached by Artis' father. Tyrell Robinson said that he and his brother are in constant contact with the potentially program-changing Gordon.
"He likes [the Ducks] a lot, but he has a lot of options," Tyrell said. "I'm not really sure what he's gonna do because he can really go anywhere he wants. All I know is that we stay on him and are doing what we can to get him to join us in Eugene."
The Ducks recently lost out on combo guard Darin Johnson of Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon, when he committed to the rival Washington Huskies. The Ducks are still in search of talent for the Class of 2013 and have their sights set on two of the elite forwards on the West Coast.