Sunday, May 12, 2013
Tarik Black now favoring Oregon?
By Joe Kaiser
UPDATE: While one internet report suggests that Oregon is regarded as the favorite to land Memphis transfer Tarik Black, the Ducks aren't the only school he's considering. In fact, the senior power forward has three more visits lined up.
ESPN's Andy Katz reports today that a source with direct knowledge indicates Black was on Oregon's campus on Tuesday and will leave Wednesday for visits to Georgetown, Kansas and Duke. The highly-coveted big begins his visit to Duke this week, and while Oregon may indeed be the favorite, the Blue Devils arguably are in the most desperate situation -- Mike Krzyzewski badly needs some frontcourt depth.
We'll keep you posted when more information surfaces in regards to Black, and which school he might be favoring.
There have been whispers in recent weeks that Duke was in good position to land coveted Memphis transfer Tarik Black, but now that distinction may go to Oregon.
According to this tweet by independent site MemphisRoar.com, the word is now that the Ducks are "well in front" for the 6-foot-9, 262-pound power forward.
This is significant for a number of reasons. For one, the Ducks have been great at adding key senior transfers to their frontcourt each of the last two seasons. Two years ago, it was Olu Ashaolu from Louisiana Tech. And last year, it was Arsalan Kazemi. With promising sophomores-to-be Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, Oregon has a nice young nucleus to build around, and adding Black would provide a much-needed lift to a roster that loses not only Kazemi but also E.J. Singler, Tony Woods and Carlos Emory.
As things stand today, the Ducks have two scholarships available to add for next season's roster. Black would take one, if he signs on, and the big question is whether that would deter UNLV transfer and Oregon native Mike Moser from also heading to Eugene. Moser is still deciding between Oregon, Washington and Gonzaga, and the thinking is that if the Ducks add Black, Moser may decide to attend one of the other two schools. That's only speculation, however, and we'll let you know as soon as we hear more.