Oregon Ducks: Oregon basketball

Gasaway: Ranking the top 25 freshmen

January, 17, 2013

John Gasaway ranks the top 25 freshmen in college basketball, based on performance so far this season. Kansas' Ben McLemore takes the No. 1 spot. Read the full story here.

Dominic Artis among top Pac-12 frosh 

October, 23, 2012
RecruitingNation's Joel Francisco has a complete rundown of Pac-12 recruiting and lists Oregon PG Dominic Artis as one of the conference's top incoming freshmen, alongside UCLA's highly touted duo of Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.

Oregon nabs Rice transfer Kazemi

September, 23, 2012
While the Oregon Ducks were busy hosting some of their top football targets over the weekend, Dana Altman and the basketball program added an important piece to their program.

[+] EnlargeArsalan Kazemi
Troy Taormina/US PRESSWIREArsalan Kazemi, the first native Iranian to play Division I basketball, will transfer from Rice to Oregon.
After leaving Rice with one year of eligibility remaining, forward Arsalan Kazemi chose Oregon as the program where he will spend his final season. The 6-foot-7 Kazemi averaged 10.3 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman, 15.2 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore, and 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds last season.

Kazemi was reportedly eyeing Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Florida, Texas and others. In the end, Oregon was the choice for Kazemi, who was named All-Conference USA the past two seasons.

Kazemi, the first Iranian to play college basketball in the United States, must appeal for a hardship waiver in order to join the Ducks for the upcoming season. If the request is not granted, he will be forced to sit out the 2012-13 season and will be able to join the team on the court in 2013-14.

If he is granted a waiver from the NCAA, Kazemi will be a huge addition to a program that has made a living out of finding one-year transfer players as Dana Altman tries to balance out the roster. With the addition of 6-foot-11 Waverly Austin and Kazemi, the Ducks have gone from being desperate for help in the paint to having it possibly be the strength of the team.

Bracketology: Ducks among last four in

August, 13, 2012
A lot has happened in the college basketball world since mid-April. So with just two months until Midnight Madness, Joe Lunardi is back with a fresh bracket and plenty of changes. Joe's has Oregon among his last four in, with the Ducks facing Northern Iowa as a No. 13 seed in a play-in game in Austin, Texas. The winner between the Ducks and Panthers would play No. 4 seed Baylor.

At the Watercooler: Discussing Lunardi's summer Bracketology
With the Olympics over and college basketball just two months away, Myron Medcalf and Eamonn Brennan met at the Watercooler on Monday morning to discuss Lunardi's new bracket.

Lunardi: Behind the Bracket Insider
No, there hasn't been any basketball played since Joe's initial 2013 bracket was released, but that doesn't mean the hoops world has stopped. Joe runs through five ways his early bracket projection has changed, including adjustments to the top line.


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National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to discuss which college teams most need a quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class.