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Jim Leavitt Named UO Defensive Coordinator

Jim Leavitt Named UO Defensive Coordinator

EUGENE, Ore. – Jim Leavitt, who dramatically turned around Colorado's defense in just two years with the Buffaloes, will be tasked with a similar job at Oregon after being hired this week as defensive coordinator under new UO head coach Willie Taggart.

Leavitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach this season. Entering the postseason, Colorado is eighth nationally in yards per play allowed (4.69) and No. 18 in scoring defense (20.5). The year before Leavitt arrived, 2014, the Buffs allowed 6.55 yards per play and 39.0 points per game.

Oregon's defense in 2016 allowed 6.41 yards per play and 41.4 points per game. Taggart said upon being hired that adding a top-flight defensive coordinator was among his first priorities.

Like Taggart, Leavitt is a former head coach at South Florida. He went 95-57 there from 1997-2009, including a loss to Oregon in the 2007 Sun Bowl. Leavitt then spent four seasons coaching linebackers with the San Francisco 49ers before returning to the collegiate ranks with Colorado.

At Oregon, Leavitt will take over a defense that was rebuilt around several new starters this past season. The Ducks have an emerging star in freshman all-American Troy Dye, the team's defensive MVP, and could return 12 of their top 13 tacklers from 2016.

Leavitt, 60, played safety at Missouri before beginning his coaching career there as a graduate assistant in 1978-79. He worked under Bill Snyder at Kansas State from 1990 to 1995, first as linebackers coach and then as co-defensive coordinator with current Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

 

Ashton Eaton takes Olympic Decathlon lead

Ashton Eaton takes Olympic Decathlon lead

RIO DE JANEIRO – Ashton Eaton did something on Wednesday that he had not done since his junior year at Oregon in 2009. He trailed after the first event of the decathlon.

Eaton charged back over the course of the final four events of day one to take a 121 point lead heading into Thursday’s final day of the Olympic decathlon. Perhaps just as impressive as he looks to become the first American to repeat in the decathlon in more than half a century is that Eaton is on pace for an Olympic record.

Eaton scored 4,621 points through five events. Kai Kazmirek of Germany was second with 4,500 points, followed by Damian Warner of Canada (4,489), Kevin Mayer of France (4,435) and American Jeremy Taiwo (4,419).

The Olympic record of 8,893 points was set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004. The last American to win back-to-back decathlon titles was Bob Mathias in 1948 and 1952.

The start of the decathlon was anything but typical for the speedy Eaton.

He ran 10.46 to finish second in the 100 meters behind Warner who had a swift 10.30. That left Eaton in the rare position of being 48 points behind after an event that is one of Eaton’s strongest.

Fortunately, the rest of the day went well for Oregon’s five-time NCAA champion.

He reached 26-0.75 on his second attempt in the long jump to score 1,045 points and take the overall lead.

Eaton followed that with a solid effort in the shot put, 48-4, to maintain his slim lead.

He then had a season best clearance in the high jump of 6-7, just missing on his third attempt at 6-8.25.

Eaton then closed out day one in style by winning the 400 meters in 46.07 that was good for 1,005 points, pushing his lead to the widest margin of the competition.

Another competitor made history for Oregon on Wednesday. Sophomore Deajah Stevens finished seventh in the final of the women’s 200 meters in 22.65. She became the Duck woman to make an Olympic sprint final as an undergrad.

Neither Duck alum was able to advance to the final in the men’s javelin. 

Cyrus Hostetler had a best throw of 261-8, which was 20th overall. Sam Crouser, competing in the Olympics for the first time, was 34th with a best mark of 242-0.

The track and field portion of the 2016 Summer Olympics continues with a school-record 17 current and former Ducks in Rio (11 on Team USA, three for Canada, and one each for Australia, Greece and Guatemala). This is the 20th straight Olympiad in which the University of Oregon has been represented, a streak that dates to the 1932 Games in Los Angeles.

In addition to the 17 current and former Ducks competing in Rio, the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Track and Field team is UO associate athletic director Vin Lananna.

GoDucks.com will provide a daily Olympics version of “What to Watch,” as well as a recap of Ducks in competition through the remainder of the Games.

What to Watch – Thursday, August 18

Ashton Eaton looks to become the first American to win back-to-back Olympic decathlon titles in more than 60 years as the 10-event competition wraps up on Thursday. Meanwhile, Matthew Centrowitz hopes to make his second straight Olympic 1,500 meter final, and a trio of Ducks could help the U.S. make the final of the 4x100 meter relay.

Eaton’s quest for an historic gold medal in the decathlon continues Thursday. Eaton, a five-time NCAA champion for Oregon, is the world record-holder in the decathlon, having scored 9,045 points at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Not only could he become the first repeat American decathlon champion in a half a century, he could also threaten the Olympic record of 8,893 points set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004. The last American to win back-to-back decathlon titles was Bob Mathias in 1948 and 1952.

Eaton was the 2012 Olympic champion in London and has also won the last two IAAF World championships (2013, 2015).

The women’s 4x100 meters heats get underway Thursday with the United States among a half-dozen medal contenders along with Jamaica, Great Britain, China, France and Canada. Three runners with Oregon connections are in the relay pool. Freshman Ariana Washington was the 2016 NCAA champion at both 100 and 200 meters. Alum English Gardner placed seventh in the Olympic 100 meters earlier this week, while Jenna Prandini made the semifinals of the 200 meters.

Former Duck Matthew Centrowitz continues his bid to medal in the 1,500 meters. Centrowitz was fourth in the 1,500 at the 2012 London Olympics and won the IAAF World indoor title at 1,500 meters earlier this year in Portland, Ore.

Among the faster runners in his heat (heat two) are Elijah Manangoi of Kenya, Ryan Gregson of Australia and Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti.

The favorite in the 1,500, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, runs in heat one. Kiprop won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, before a shocking 12th place finish in London. Kiprop has also won the last three IAAF World outdoor 1,500 meter titles.

Schedule – Thursday, August 18

All times Pacific

5:30 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon 110 Meter Hurdles

6:25 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Discus

7:20 a.m. English Gardner/Jenna Prandini/Ariana Washington (USA) Women’s 4x100 Meter Relay - Heats

9:25 a.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Pole Vault

2:35 p.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon Javelin

4:45 p.m. Matthew Centrowitz (USA) Men’s 1,500 Meters – Semifinals

5:45 p.m. Ashton Eaton (USA) Decathlon 1,500 Meters

Alabama, Baylor, MWC highlight 2016-17 non-conference schedule

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Alabama, Baylor, MWC highlight 2016-17 non-conference schedule

The SEC and the Mountain West will be coming to the State of Oregon this season. Alabama, UNLV, Boise State and Fresno State highlight the Ducks’ 2016-17 home non-conference schedule, which was announced Monday by head coach Dana Altman.

Oregon will also play at Baylor and travel to Hawaii for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The Ducks will continue their tradition of honoring the military with a very special season-opener on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Oregon will host Army and will salute America’s servicemen and women as both teams will wear unique military-themed uniforms and warmups designed by Nike.

Oregon will then travel to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor on Nov. 15 in a game that will be part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Ducks return home to host Valparaiso on Nov. 17. It will be the second straight season that the NCAA Tournament Cinderella Crusaders play at Matthew Knight Arena.

Following the Nov. 21-23 Maui Invitational, Oregon welcomes Boise State to Eugene on Nov. 28.

Another one of the marquee games of the non-conference slate falls on Dec. 11 with Alabama coming to Matthew Knight Arena for the first time. Former Pacific Coast Conference rival Montana follows the Crimson Tide on Dec. 13.

The Ducks will then host UNLV at the Moda Center in Portland on Dec. 17 before closing out the non-conference slate with Fresno State Dec. 20 in Eugene.

Oregon will add another two games to the non-conference schedule, as well as an exhibition against Northwest Christian on a yet-to-be determined date.

Including the potential opponents in the Maui Invitational, there are five 2016 NCAA Tournament teams on the non-conference schedule – Baylor, Connecticut, Fresno State, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The Tar Heels played Villanova for the 2016 national championship, while Wisconsin was a Sweet 16 team and UConn advanced to the second round.

Three other 2016 postseason teams are on the schedule as well. Valparaiso advanced to the championship game of the NIT, while Army played in the CIT and Montana was in the CBI tournament.

The dates of Pac-12 games, as well as all game times and television information, will be announced in September. The league announced the home and away pairings last week.

The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host the Pac-12 Tournament March 8-11.

2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale starting at $150, and can be purchased at goducks.com/tickets. The UNLV game at the Moda Center is included in the 2016-17 ticket package. Season ticket renewals from 2015-16 have already exceeded 90 percent.

 

2016-17 University of Oregon Non-Conference Schedule *

DATE                          OPPONENT                                                    LOCATION

TBA                                             NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (EX)                                        EUGENE, ORE.

Fri., Nov. 11                              ARMY                                                                                              EUGENE, ORE.

Tues., Nov. 15                          at Baylor                                                                                          Waco, Texas                            

Thurs., Nov. 17                        VALPARAISO                                                                              EUGENE, ORE.                     

Maui Jim Maui Invitational

Mon., Nov. 21                          vs. Georgetown                                                                             Lahaina, Hawaii

Tues., Nov. 22                          vs. Wisconsin/Tennessee                                                           Lahaina, Hawaii

Wed., Nov. 23                          Maui Jim Maui Invitational                                                      Lahaina, Hawaii                                                                                                                

Mon., Nov. 28                          BOISE STATE                                                                               EUGENE, ORE.

Sun., Dec. 11                             ALABAMA                                                                                    EUGENE, ORE.

Tues., Dec. 13                           MONTANA                                                                                   EUGENE, ORE.

Sat., Dec. 17                               vs. UNLV                                                                                         PORTLAND, ORE.

Tues., Dec. 20                           FRESNO STATE                                                                          EUGENE, ORE.

 

* - Note: Two more non-conference games will be added to the schedule.

 

Pac-12 Conference Home/Away Weeks

Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1          UCLA/USC

Week of Jan. 4-8                      at Washington/Washington State

Week of Jan. 11-15                 OREGON STATE

Week of Jan. 18-22                 CALIFORNIA/STANFORD

Week of Jan. 25-29                 at Colorado/Utah

Week of Feb. 1-5                     ARIZONA/ARIZONA STATE

Week of Feb. 8-12                  at UCLA/USC

Week of Feb. 15-19                COLORADO/UTAH

Week of Feb. 22-26                at California/Stanford

Week of March 1-4                at Oregon State

NCAA Grants Ennis Sixth Year

NCAA Grants Ennis Sixth Year

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior guard Dylan Ennis’ petition for a sixth-year of eligibility was granted by the NCAA on Thursday.

Officially termed a Fifth-Year Rule Waiver, Ennis was granted a sixth year “based upon the totality of the circumstances and student-athlete well-being,” according to the NCAA.

Ennis appeared in just two games for Oregon in 2015-16 due to a left foot injury. The injury to the foot was initially discovered in the fall, after which Ennis went through surgery and rehabilitation, before returning to action Dec. 29. He played against Western Oregon and Oregon State before re-aggravating the injury.

The Brampton, Ontario, native transferred to Oregon from Villanova as a graduate senior in the summer of 2015. He averaged 9.9 points per game as the Wildcats won the 2014-15 Big East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s third round.

Ennis is pursuing a graduate degree in conflict and dispute resolution.

Nogosek named to NCBWA All-America Team

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Nogosek named to NCBWA All-America Team

Stephen Nogosek has been named a 2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American. The Ducks’ closer, who earned second-team honors, is just the second Ducks’ player to claim NCBWA All-America honors.

Nogosek, a junior from Roseville, Calif., earned a spot on the team after finishing a dominating season with a 1.11 ERA with 16 saves and a 2-2 record. The right-handed stopper fanned 45 batters in 40.2 innings pitched while walking just 14 and holding hitters to a .177 batting average. Nogosek finished the regular season third in the country in saves, while tying for the Pac-12 lead. He also ranked first in the Pac-12 in games finished (27) and games in relief (29), as well as finishing third in appearances (29). His 16 saves ranked third on the all-time single-season list at Oregon, while he also finished the year in the record books in games finished (fifth), lowest opponent batting average (sixth) and appearances (10th).

Nogosek joins former Duck Jimmie Sherfy as NCBWA All-Americans. Sherfy was named a first-team All-American in 2013.  

Nogosek named third-team All-American

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Nogosek named third-team All-American

EUGENE, Ore. – Stephen Nogosek has been named a 2016 Louisville Slugger All-American. The Ducks’ closer, who earned third-team honors, is just the third Ducks’ player to claim the All-America honors presented by Collegiate Baseball.

Nogosek, a junior from Roseville, Calif., earned a spot on the team after finishing a dominating season with a 1.11 ERA with 16 saves and a 2-2 record. The right-handed stopper fanned 45 batters in 40.2 innings pitched while walking just 14 and holding hitters to a .177 batting average. Nogosek finished the regular season third in the country in saves, while tying for the Pac-12 lead. He also ranked first in the Pac-12 in games finished (27) and games in relief (29), as well as finishing third in appearances (29). His 16 saves rank third on the all-time single-season list at Oregon, while he also finished the year in the record books in games finished (fifth), lowest opponent batting average (sixth) and appearances (10th).

Nogosek joins former Ducks Jimmie Sherfy and Tyler Anderson as Louisville Slugger All-Americans. Sherfy was named to the team twice claiming second-team honors in 2013 and third-team recognition in 2012. Anderson was the first Duck to earn the honors in 2011 when he was named to the second team. 

Oregon Softball season ends in Super Regionals

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Oregon Softball season ends in Super Regionals

EUGENE, Ore. — Two outs away.

Up 1-0 in the seventh inning over UCLA, with the chance to sweep their NCAA Super Regional series Sunday at Jane Sanders Stadium, the Oregon softball team squandered that lead and then lost a tiebreaking third game later in the day. The Bruins moved on to the Women’s College World Series, while the Ducks played their final game with a record-setting senior class that included pitcher Cheridan Hawkins, catcherJanelle Lindvall and outfielders Koral Costa and Alyssa Gillespie.

After romping over the Bruins in Saturday’s series opener, the Ducks (48-10) turned to freshman pitcher Megan Kleist in the second game Sunday. She held UCLA in check through six innings, before surrendering a game-tying home run in the seventh. The Bruins (40-14-1) went on to win in nine innings, 2-1, then beat Oregon’s ace Hawkins in the deciding game, again by a 2-1 score.

“Right now it hurts a lot,” UO coach Mike White said. “Especially for the seniors, who can’t go back out there and make amends.”

Oregon’s senior class will be able to look back on an unprecedented four Pac-12 championships during its time in Eugene. But the group will also remember frustration on the national level; the Ducks lost both of their games in Oklahoma City last spring, and couldn’t get back this season in what set up as the program’s best shot yet at contending for an NCAA title.

“It’s been a good four years,” Hawkins said. “But this is a hard day.”

Sunday began with promise for the Ducks, the visiting team in the first game of the day. Sophomore Jenna Lilley tripled to lead off the top of the first, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nikki Udria. But Oregon couldn’t muster any more runs off UCLA starter Selina Ta’amilo (19-5).

Kleist (17-6) made the 1-0 lead stand up until there was one down in the seventh, with Oregon just two outs away from OKC. That’s when Gabrielle Maurice homered to tie the game, breaking a streak of 11 2/3 scoreless innings by Kleist in her two postseason starts this spring. She remained on the mound into the ninth, when Mysha Sataraka led off with a double and scored two batters later on a single by Madeline Jelenicki.

“They came up with the big hit,” White said. “That changed all the momentum in the world, and we just couldn’t recover. …

“I think Megan Kleist proved to everybody why she should have started that game. It was our offense that let us down, it wasn’t our pitching.”

Continuing the string of improbable events, Hawkins then lost for the first time in 11 starts. And she did so due in part to a couple of walks, which have been few and far between during the senior left-hander’s late-season resurgence.

Hawkins (24-4) walked the leadoff hitter in Sunday’s nightcap on four pitches, the runner eventually scoring on an error. Again in the fourth, Hawkins walked the leadoff hitter, who scored on a double by Sataraka.

The Ducks pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh, when Lilley’s two-out double made it 2-1. Udria followed with a line drive to left field, but it was snared for the final out of the game.

Oregon squandered a glorious chance in the first, unable to score after getting runners at second and third with one out, and loading the bases with two out. UCLA reliever Paige McDuffee (6-1) settled in after that, with the Ducks unable to get another runner into scoring position until the sixth, when Lauren Lindvall popped out to second after two UCLA errors put UO runners on the corners.

“They gave us a little bit different look today than yesterday,” Janelle Lindvallsaid. “As hitters we were trying to communicate, trying to come up with an approach that would work, and maybe we switched around too much. That’s one of those things you’ll never know, and that’s what sucks about it.”

Oregon's Costa, Hawkins named Academic All-Americans

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Oregon's Costa, Hawkins named Academic All-Americans

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon softball outfielder Koral Costa and pitcher Cheridan Hawkins have each been named academic All-Americans, the Collegiate Sports Information Director of America announced Thursday.

Costa, who currently leads the Pac-12 with a .424 batting average and sports a 3.71 GPA in cinema studies, was a first team selection while Hawkins, who boasts a conference-best 1.88 ERA and a 3.82 GPA in family and human services, was a second team choice.

Hawkins is a three-time academic All-American after earning third team honors as a sophomore and first team honors last year. She was the first in program history to be named an academic All-American twice and is now the first to be named three times. This is the first time Costa has earned academic All-America distinction.

Players at Oregon who earn academic All-America honors get their names etched into the floor at the Jaqua Center, the Ducks’ academic center for student-athletes. First team selections, like Costa this season and Hawkins last year, get a larger font.

Costa, Hawkins and the Ducks play host to UCLA this weekend for super regionals starting at 6:30 PM on Saturday at Jane Sanders Stadium.

 

Ducks beat Baylor, advance to Super Regionals next week

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Ducks beat Baylor, advance to Super Regionals next week

EUGENE — The intensity of the moment didn’t faze Cheridan Hawkins.

In the second inning Sunday at Jane Sanders Stadium, Oregon’s senior ace walked a Baylor batter to load the bases with one out. Unrattled by the situation, Hawkins struck out the next hitter, pumped her first with a flourish, then ended the threat with a comebacker.

The intensity of the moment didn’t faze Nikki Udria, either.

In the sixth inning of Sunday’s NCAA Regional final, Udria came up with two on and none out. Udria quickly fell into an 0-2 hole, before evening the count. She patiently fouled off five of the next six pitches before, with a full count, blasted a home run to center field that gave the Ducks an eight-run lead.

Maybe there was a time, two or three years ago, when the intensity of those moments might have fazed the Ducks. But not Sunday. Not in Oregon’s 21st regional game under coach Mike White, all victories, the latest an 8-1 win over the Lady Bears before 2,098 at The Jane.

“I’m not nearly as nervous as I was the first year, and even the second,” said Hawkins, part of a third straight UO senior class that went unbeaten in four regional appearances. “Getting to play in four regionals definitely takes some of the nerves out of it.”

Oregon (47-8) handled Baylor in Sunday’s final the same way the Ducks won Friday and Saturday. They used stellar pitching, solid defense and outstanding situational hitting to finish the regional by outscoring the opposition 22-1 in three games, while allowing just 11 hits.

“They’re the most complete team I think we’ve played this year — and we’ve played some good ones,” Baylor coach Glenn Moore said. “… They were ready to play, and they were on a mission. They’re going to be hard to stop.”

Hawkins (23-3) got the win Sunday by pitching into the sixth inning, her second win in as many days over Baylor. The Ducks move on to face Pac-12 rival UCLA in the Super Regionals next weekend at home, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., to be followed by a tiebreaking third game if necessary. TV information is to be announced.

The only conference series the Ducks lost all season was to the Bruins, at home to open April. But Oregon third baseman Jenna Lilley missed that series due to injury. And Hawkins hadn’t yet found her groove, a groove that’s seen her go 9-0 in her last nine starts, with a 0.39 ERA and 66 strikeouts against seven walks.

“I’m looking forward to it,” White said. “Obviously UCLA is a very good team, and it should be a great matchup.”

In an oddity of the regional format, Oregon was the visiting team Sunday. That allowed the Ducks to score in the top of the first, when Lilley singled before eventually coming home on a sacrifice fly by Janelle Lindvall.

Right fielder Alyssa Gillespie, who went 7-for-8 to earn regional co-MVP honors with Hawkins, had a hand in the next two UO runs. The Ducks’ No. 9 hitter reached on a bunt in the second, and scored on a double by Lilley. In the fourth, Gillespie doubled in a run for a 3-0 lead.

Gillespie also scored on Udria’s homer in the sixth, Oregon’s school-record 93rd of this season but the only one of the regional. More common were rallies like the one the Ducks mounted in the fifth, in which Lindvall — who is tied for the UO career record for homers — brought in a run on a safety squeeze.

“Our team played extremely well today — good pitching, good defense and timely hitting,” White said. “We did a lot of things right, and I think that showed the whole weekend.”

Junior College National Player of the Year signs with Oregon

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Junior College National Player of the Year signs with Oregon

EUGENE – For the second straight season, head coach Dana Altman has landed the junior college national player of the year.

Kavell Bigby-Williams, who was selected as the Spalding® NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Committee on Wednesday, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Ducks.

“We’re certainly looking forward to what Kavell will be able to add to our team,” said Altman. “He is a very skilled, very dynamic big man and I think our fans will be really excited to watch what he can do.”

Bigby-Williams had 28 double-doubles in 36 games as a sophomore for Gillette (Wyo.) College in 2016, averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game. He led the nation with 211 blocks this season and shot 59.2 percent from the field in earning NJCAA first team all-America honors.

Prior to his time at Gillette, the London, England, native played for Great Britain’s Under-20 and Under-18 national teams.

Bigby-Williams is the second straight NJCAA national player of the year to sign with the Ducks. Forward Chris Boucher, who set an Oregon record with 110 blocks in 2015-16, was the 2015 NJCAA national player of the year for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

Bigby-Williams is the fourth recruit signed by Oregon for the 2016 class, joining highly rated high schoolers M.J. Cage (Santa Ana, Calif.), Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.) and Keith Smith (Seattle, Wash.).

 

KAVELL BIGBY-WILLIAMS, F, 6-10, 225, London, England (Harris Academy Beckenham / Gillette College)

Named the 2015-16 Spalding NJCAA Division I Player of the Year … Rated as the No. 3 junior college prospect nationally with a four-star ranking and a grade of 94 by 247Sports.com … Played in 36 games as a sophomore for Gillette (Wyo.) College in 2015-16, averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game while earning NJCAA first-team all-America honors … Led the nation with 211 blocked shots … Shot 59.2 percent from the field … Led the Region IX Conference in defensive rebounds, total rebounds and blocks while finishing second in rebound average per game … Helped lead Gillette to a 35-2 record and a third place finish at the junior college national tournament … Recorded five triple-doubles throughout the season, including a 22-point, 16-rebound, 12-block performance in a win over Casper on Feb. 20 … Recorded a double-double in 28 of 36 games … Played in 32 games for the Pronghorns as a freshman in 2014-15, averaging 10.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest … Earned third-team All-Region honors while helping lead the Pronghorns to their first ever trip to the national tournament … Before going to Gillette, played for Harris Academy Beckenham in Beckenham, England … Named the defensive player of the year and the conference player of the year after averaging 20.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 6 blocks per game as a senior in 2013-14 … Also played for Great Britain’s national Under-20 and Under-18 teams, averaging 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game between the two squads.

“With Jordan Bell, Chris Boucher and now Kavell Bigby-Williams, it will be hard to find a better trio of shotblockers than what Oregon has,” Hoopniks.com.