NCB On The Trail: Oregon Ducks

Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:

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NEW YORK -- The Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament crowned a champion on Saturday at Madison Square Garden with a familiar name as Montverde Academy (Fla.) won its second straight title, this time 71-62 over Oak Hill Academy (Va.). Over the six-year history of this prestigious event, this was the deepest field of teams and the highest level of talent from top to bottom. Montverde came in ranked as the No. 1 high school team in the country and should walk away in that top spot when the polls are finalized.

As the final high school team event of the 2013-14 season, let's take a look at five things we learned from this year's tournament:


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Recruit and return: Oregon 

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In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Oregon and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick reference
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:
G: Dominic Artis
SG: Joseph Young
WF: Damyean Dotson
PF: Ben Carter
C: Michael Chandler


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When looking at the final four schools involved for JaQuan Lyle -- Oregon, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Kansas -- the one that lost out the most was Oklahoma State, as I believe it needed him more than the other schools.

Kansas has Naadir Tharpe and Frank Mason coming back next season to share the point. Tharpe has made steady progress at Kansas and will be a senior next season.

Memphis has ESPN 100 prospect Dominic Magee coming in. He will be sharing the point guard spot with Rashawn Powell, who sat out this season.

When you look at Oklahoma State’s returning roster, it doesn't have an obvious choice at the point guard spot. The Cowboys will be relying on junior college prospect Jeff Newberry.

Oregon landed Lyle and has a need for a pass-first point guard, as it allows Dominic Artis, who prefers to score first, to slide over to shooting guard at times. Lyle’s choice was not a surprise, as he visited every school and every school has a need for him.

Scout's take: Ducks land Lyle 

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Four-star PG JaQuan Lyle, No. 41 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Oregon over Memphis, Oklahoma State and Kansas. What will Lyle bring to the Ducks? Let's break it down:


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Only three players are left on the board in the ESPN 100, and Myles Turner is the only one who's a game-changer. But it doesn't mean there is talent out there who won't help a major program.

JaQuan Lyle, who is ranked No. 41, is a setup point guard with a strong body and is capable of playing as a freshman. His greatest assets are his passing ability and basketball IQ. He understands the game. Lyle plans on making his college decision soon and is down to Oregon, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Memphis.

No. 99 prospect Josh Cunningham is a hybrid forward who excels on the break and in defending in the half court. He has enough of offense to keep opponents honest and is looking at many schools, including Indiana and South Carolina.

There are always guys outside the top 100 who can help programs at different levels next season. If they are still unsigned in the late period, it could mean a lot of things. Some may be waiting on their grades, while others are still blossoming, and a few may be hoping for better offers.

Biancardi's Breakdown: JaQuan Lyle 

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video JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Huntington Prep), the highest-rated uncommitted perimeter player left in the ESPN 100, is in high demand as Kansas, Providence, Oregon, UConn, Memphis and Oklahoma State are in heavy pursuit of the Indiana native. He is one of the few players left in the 2014 class who could come in and contribute immediately to a major college program.

Let’s take a look at the latest on his recruitment, how his game has grown and what he can do to reach his potential.


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Stanley Johnson is in the process of figuring out his recruitment, as Arizona, Kentucky, USC, Florida and Oregon are all on his final list of schools.

Stanley Johnson
Courtesy of NikeStanley Johnson has always been a powerful presence, but it's his motor that has seen the biggest improvement.
Since his freshman season at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, he has been a bigger and stronger prospect than most players.

Under the tutelage of Gary McKnight and his staff, Johnson has made consistent strides as of one the best in his class. In our most recent rankings, he jumped up from No. 12 to No. 9.

Let’s break down what makes him special:

Power and motor: Johnson has always had a good frame and physique, but in this past year he has refined his college-ready body. He is more powerful than most players, and that becomes a factor on every finish, defensive stand and rebound. But his motor might be the area he has improved the most. He always showed up and played, but over the past year he is trying to dominate with a consistent effort, which is rare among top players. His effort is not just limited to scoring because he is also getting back on defense, being alert and active on each play and trying to own the glass. He credits former Oakland Soldier AAU teammate and current Arizona Wildcat Aaron Gordon for his motor. "Aaron set a great example of what it means to give it your all. I am thankful it rubbed off on me.”


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ESPN 100 SF Joe Burton (Porter, Texas/Luthern North) has committed to Oklahoma State over Oklahoma and Oregon. Burton's commitment means the Cowboys and coach Travis Ford now have two ESPN 100 prospects in the fold, including SG Jared Terrell.

Let's break down Burton's decision and what it will mean to Oklahoma State:


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ESPN 100 PG Newton names finalists 

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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.

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NM State adds 7-foot-3 Tanveer Bhullar

July, 17, 2013
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Class of 2013 center Tanveer Bhullar (Toronto/Father Henry Carr) committed to New Mexico State on Tuesday night, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The 7-foot-3 Bhullar is the younger brother of 7-foot-5 Aggies sophomore center Sim Bhullar.

"It felt like family there, because I know half of the people on the team," Bhullar told the paper. "Other schools showed interest, but I wanted to end it early. I'm happy that I'm committed and ready to head down to school and get ready to play basketball."

Bhullar also had interest form Oklahoma, Oregon , Wichita State and New Mexico.

Arizona PG Casey Benson picks Oregon

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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.

Aaron Gordon to announce at McDonald's

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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 

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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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Alvin Robertson sets path for his son 

February, 19, 2013
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If it’s in you, it’s in you. Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State) has basketball in his blood. The 6-foot-6 junior college small forward is the son of Alvin Robertson, one of his era’s top defensive players in the NBA.

Robertson owns an Olympic gold medal and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, but before that he had the work his way into college.

Cook, like his father, went the junior college route out of high school. Robertson graduated from Crowder Junior College before moving on to Arkansas and now he’s helping his son select his collegiate program.

Although Robertson ended up at Arkansas, Cook’s path might not be the same. According to Steve Forbes, Cook’s coach at NW Florida State, this weekend sets in motion the first two of what could be a handful of official visits.

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