Oregon athletes will be competing against each other in a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament called Augusta Invitational.
It appears that Oregon running back Darrian Felix, quarterback Tyler Shough and graduate transfer wide receiver Juwan Johnson have quite the fourth teammate: Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu is listed as the reserve for team “Ball So Hard University."
Offseason? What offseason? Ionescu can’t get enough basketball. The triple-double queen and Ruthy Hebard were also named to the USA 3x3 basketball tournament in Peru for the Pan American Games on July 27-29.
Questionable to put Ionescu as a reserve... Last summer, Ionescu, Hebard, and Oregon teammates Oti Gildon and Erin Boley won the USA Basketball 3x3 national title in Colorado Springs. In May, Ionescu earned tournament MVP after helping to win the USA Basketball national title in Las Vegas.
Another intriguing aspect of this team: Johnson, who transfered from Penn State and could be quarterback Justin Herbert’s top target next season, is bonding with teammates and buying into Duck culture.
It’s a good sign that the receiver is connecting and creating relationships with Felix and Shough, who emerged as UO’s top backup quarterback this spring.
The “Ball So Hard University” squad also could play the “Tic Tacs” in the tournament: a team made up of Oregon wide receiver Brenden Schooler, tight ends Ryan Bay, Jake Breeland and “reserve” Kyle Buckner.
The “premiere tournament” will take place on July 13, according to Instagram.