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Chris Duarte and Eugene Omoruyi to 'move on' from Oregon says Dana Altman

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The Oregon Ducks will look a lot different next season. 

Following a loss to USC in the Sweet 16, Oregon head coach Dana Altman said he expects seniors Eugene Omoruyi and Chris Duarte to not return to Eugene next season. The two seniors are automatically granted an additional year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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"Eugene [Omoruyi] is a graduate. He's... older because he sat out last year and had the surgery. He'll move on," explained Altman.

"Chris [Duarte] is going to get drafted. I think he should go in the first round so he'll move on."

Altman is not alone in that opinion with the Ducks guard having risen up draft boards in recent months, projecting as a 3-and-D role player any team can fit into its rotation.

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Later, Omouryi was asked about his plans following the 2020-21 college basketball season, confirming he will not return.

"The goal is to go home, my family is here [so] go home with them, take a week off and get ready for the next level," said the transfer from Rutgers. 

As of now, Omoruyi is not expected to be drafted due to being 6'6" but having the speed to play the 4 or 5 in the NBA, but he will likely receive a Summer League invite to play his way into an NBA contract, if the event happens in a few months. 

 

As for the other seniors such as LJ Figueroa, Amauri Hardy, and Eddy Ionescu, Altman will give them a few weeks to decide if they want to return and evaluate their options. 

"I'll talk to the rest of the guys," said the Ducks head coach. "I'll have individual conversations with everybody. I'll tell them to take a week or two and think about what direction everybody wants to go." 

Alan Lu of NBA Scouting Live projects Figueroa as a "borderline second round" prospect who will likely play the three in the NBA. 

Also, expect Oregon to be heavily interested in the transfer portal as it is every offseason. 

"Right now... the [transfer] portal's going nuts and everybody's looking for something," said Altman.