Remember that one time former Oregon Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost said it was hard to recruit to Eugene, Oregon?
Lol, good one Scott.
That was so 2016. Fast-forward to today: Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves signed the No. 1 class in 2020; Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal is fresh off a 2020 Rose Bowl victory and currently holds the No. 3 nationally ranked class of 2021; and now Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman has secured the No. 1 recruiting class in 2021.
The Ducks have landed three prospects in the ESPN100:
- No. 8 ranked Nate Brittle: 7’0”, 173-pound center from Prolific Prep in Central Point, Oregon
- No. 22 Franck Kepnang: 6’10”, 220-pound center from Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania
- No. 47 Johnathan Lawson: 6’6”, 170-pound shooting forward from Wooddale High School in Memphis, Tennessee
"With Oregon, they play my style of basketball," said the Kepnang per Prospective Insight. "They play an NBA style, with spreading the floor and allowing you to be versatile. Also, in terms of the facilities, I know that I won’t ever have to worry about getting injured or recovering. For anyone that plays basketball, that’s always been the biggest concern. I know that if anything happens, I’ll be taken care of because they have world-class facilities."
The Lawson name should be familiar to Ducks fans, as he's the younger brother to sophomore Chandler Lawson who averaged 4.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Oregon as a freshman.
Why do recruits want to come play collegiate basketball in Eugene, Oregon? Dana Altman.
He is one of only five active coaches in NCAA Division I with 23 consecutive winning seasons. The winningest coach in Oregon history knows how to put the pieces together at the right time.
The 2020 Ducks are gearing up for another season ahead beginning on November 25. No non-conference or conference schedule has been released yet at the time of this published article.
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