Things just Ducky in Oregon 

November, 7, 2011
Coach Dana Altman won’t score enough points to make a dent in the Top 25 in terms of class rankings, but that doesn’t mean good players aren’t coming to Eugene. Over the weekend, the Ducks found Dominic Artis (Oakland, Calif./Findlay Prep) two new teammates in PF Ben Carter (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and SF Damyean Dotson (Houston/Yates).

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AP Photo/Don RyanDana Altman is putting together a very solid class this year.
Carter and Dotson have something significant in common: neither has ever been “the man.” Carter plays high school ball alongside Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s No. 1 recruit. In AAU ball, he moonlights alongside Stanford commit Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman). In watching Carter, there’s little doubt he has high-major ability, but he’s never been able to assert himself enough or consistently carve out his own identity. Ditto for Dotson, who rolls with a high-profile high school team and played for an AAU squad that featured a pair of ESPNU 100 guards in J-Mychal Reese (Bryan, Texas/Bryan) and L.J. Rose (Houston/Westbury Christian). Dotson showed flashes at the Peach Jam but it was clear his playing time wasn’t going to be enough to push schools into a frenzy for him based off the summer.

However, there’s something intriguing about guys like this. For starters, you’d expect them to have no issues transitioning to their roles in college. Having played second or third fiddle yet demonstrating enough to earn a scholarship, has gotten them this far. Now, they’re going to receive high-level coaching.