Oregon Ducks

Get to know Oregon’s newest wide receiver, Tabari Hines

Get to know Oregon’s newest wide receiver, Tabari Hines

Welcome to the flock. It was just last week that former Wake Forest star Tabari Hines announced his intentions to leave the Demon Deacons and take his talents to Eugene.

The 5’10”, 175lb wide receiver instantly helps bring some much needed talent and depth to Oregon’s receiving corps. Junior Dillon Mitchell had a productive 2017 for the Ducks, and hopes to build on that in 2018, but the rest of the group is young and unproven.

Hines looks to change that.

As a junior last season at Wake Forest Hines led the team with 53 receptions, and was third on the team with 683 receiving yards and seven scores.

To put that in perspective, Mitchell was the leader in two of those categories for Oregon last season, hauling in 42 receptions for 517 yards, while tight end Jacob Breeland led the team with five touchdowns. Hines would be number one in all three.

There is little doubt that Hines will make a difference on the field, but enough about that. Let’s get to know a little bit more about the newest Duck:

- Hines had narrowed his transfer options to Oregon, USC, and Texas before ultimately deciding on UO.

- Says players and the coaches really helped set Oregon apart.

- Thanks to all the jerseys, he says he actually watched a lot of Oregon football as a kid.

- How does he describe his new quarterback, Justin Herbert? Simply, “he’s the real deal.”

- Hine says he doesn’t know how to fish, but wants to learn how. This is the Pacific Northwest! It might be kind of hard to find someone to teach him, *wink*

- The emoji that best describes him? He says it’s the cool guy with the glasses.

Want to learn even more about the newest Duck? Be sure to tune into The Bridge tonight at 6PM for the full interview with Serena Winters and Bri Amaranthus.

And since Bri does call him a “hastag king,” it would serve you well to follow Hines on Twitter (@TabariHines) and Instagram ( @TabariHines1).

Former Oregon WR Juwan Johnson gets married to Chanen Raygoza in Las Vegas

screen_shot_2020-02-24_at_1.40.19_pm.png

Former Oregon WR Juwan Johnson gets married to Chanen Raygoza in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay in Vegas. 

Congratulations are in order to former Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson, who tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Chanen Raygoza!

The Johnsons nuptials were captured on video and shared on Youtube late last week, and it seemed like quite the Vegas adventure.

Their trip included everything a trip to The Strip should: a decked out suite, a hotel pool with a slide that goes through a fish tank, a wedding with a Las Vegas twist and of course a trip to “Canes,” which we can only hope to be Raising Cane’s.

Johnson penned this post to his wife after the two tied the knot on February 15. 

View this post on Instagram

❗️Follow our Joint Channel where we both said “I DO!”❗️People who like heartfelt message, this is for you...People who don’t just like and move on Chanen, We were always different. Different point of views. Different upbringings. Different States. Different time zones. Different interest in music. We even look different lol. But what we have in common that trumps all is that we love God. We are like the pieces to the jigsaw. Never the same but it happen to fit together. I knew 2 1/2 years ago that eventually you’ll be my wife. The road wasn’t easy but I’d rather take the journey with you because it’s worth it. You helped me grow, discover and build who i am as a man. You truly seen me grow from a boy to a man. (Literally tho i met you at 20 years old). I want to take every bump, every challenge and every milestone with you. Thank you God that i can call you Mrs. Johnson. Love you @chanenjohnson Feb. 15, 2020.

A post shared by Juwan Johnson (@juju__84) on

The two reportedly met in 2016 when Raygoza was a gymnast at Penn State. He popped the question to her earlier this month

Just days after Johnson made the biggest catch of his life, he departed for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Johnson is one of seven Ducks preparing for the NFL Draft in April. 

He underwent measurements, a hospital pre-exam, and interviews with interested teams on Monday. The 23-year-old topped all NFL Combine wide receivers with largest hands, longest arms and longest wing span. 

Oregon women's basketball stays put in the AP Poll ahead of big game against No. 4 Stanford

Oregon women's basketball stays put in the AP Poll ahead of big game against No. 4 Stanford

Another week, another top-three ranking for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (25-2, 14-1 Pac-12).

The Ducks kept their lone first-place vote from last week after demolishing California 93-61, but can earn some more respect with a win on the road against No. 4 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12).

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include No. 9 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona, No. 17 Oregon State and No. 24 Arizona State. 

The top-10 for women's basketball is as follows:

  1. South Carolina (27-1)
  2. Baylor (25-1)
  3. Oregon (25-2)
  4. Stanford (24-3)
  5. Louisville (25-3)
  6. UCONN (23-3)
  7. Maryland (23-4)
  8. NC State (23-4)
  9. UCLA (23-4)
  10. Mississippi State (23-5)
     

Let's recap the weekend for the Oregon Ducks.

@ California, WIN 93-61

Sabrina Ionescu's last hometown road trip of her career got off to a great start when Oregon demolished the California Golden Bears, 93-61. Ionescu recorded triple-double No. 25, while Erin Boley shot lights out from behind the arc hitting 8-of-9 attempts on the night. 

With her eighth point on the night, Ruthy Hebard moved into second on Oregon's all-time scoring list. Hebard finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds vs. Cal.

UP NEXT: The Ducks will play No. 4 Stanford Monday night at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN2. Ionescu is nine rebounds shy of becoming the first player in NCAA history to record 2,000+ points, 1,000+ rebounds and 1,000+ assists in her collegiate career.

Here's how Sabrina Ionescu's teammates watched her speech at Kobe and Gianna's Memorial

Here's how Sabrina Ionescu's teammates watched her speech at Kobe and Gianna's Memorial

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (25-2, 14-1 Pac-12) are preparing for one of their most important games of the season so far, on the road against No. 4 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12) tonight at 6:00 p.m.

But some things are bigger than basketball.

Senior guard Sabrina Ionescu spoke at the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial Service and gave an emotional speech about the impact they both had on her in the previous year.

355 miles north in Palo Alto, her Oregon teammates had her back all the way and watched the speech after shootaround wrapped.

Sabrina also got support from her former teammates, including Atlanta Dream guard Maite Cazorla.

Ionescu will play tonight at Stanford, just hours after the memorial service, to all-but-clinch the conference championship with a victory. 

The Bryants had gotten closer to Sabrina since they attended the Ducks game against USC last season and visited the team in the locker room following the game. Ionescu worked out with Kobe and Gianna twice this past summer, and both Sabrina and Kobe saw the same thing in Gianna: the future of women's basketball.

If I represented the present of the women's game, Gigi was the future and Kobe knew it. So we decided to build a future together.

[RELATED: What you need to know: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 Stanford (round two)]

Oregon guard Payton Pritchard nabs another Pac-12 Player of the Week honor

usatsi_14072569.jpg
USA Today Images

Oregon guard Payton Pritchard nabs another Pac-12 Player of the Week honor

Payton Pritchard has done it again. 

For the second time this season, the Oregon men’s basketball guard has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week. The news comes just one week after Pritchard received Naismith Men’s Player of the Week honors for a third time this season. 

Pritchard continued to build upon his National Player of the Year campaign this week, averaging 28 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Oregon split its road trip in the desert at Arizona State and Arizona.

The Ducks fell to ASU 77-72 in Tempe earlier in the week. Pritchard fouled out after scoring 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 4-of-10 from behind the arc.

The Oregon senior point guard bounced back with a career-high 38 points in the Ducks 73-72 overtime victory over Arizona on Saturday. It was a statement win for the Ducks, who remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 Championship crown. For Pritchard, it may have solidified his Pac-12 Player of the Year nod. 

Arizona coach Sean Miller was astounded by Pritchard’s standout performance, calling him Pac-12 Player of the Year, and he might just be right.

Pritchard currently leads the Pac-12 in scoring and assists with 20.1 points per game and 5.5 assists. The Ducks have now won five overtime games this season...could another clutch performance from Pritchard be on the horizon? The Ducks head back to Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday for a Civil War matchup vs. rivals Oregon State. Tip off is set for 8:00 p.m. in Eugene. 

FULL VIDEO Sabrina Ionescu speaks at Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial

FULL VIDEO Sabrina Ionescu speaks at Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial

It's been less than a month since Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others tragically passed away in a helicopter accident on January 26, 2020. 

Less than two hours before Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks were going to play then-No. 9 Oregon State on the road, both teams learned about the passing of Kobe and his daughter. The two teams shared a moment of silence shortly after.

The Ducks, especially Ionescu, had spent time with the Bryants and gotten close to in the past year. Kobe and Gianna attended multiple Ducks games when Oregon traveled to California.

Wearing Kobe's signature shoe with "Forever 24" written on the heels, Ionescu would play all 40 minutes of the Civil War and leave victorious to sweep the season series against Oregon State.

After the game, Sabrina dedicated the rest of the season to Kobe in a postgame interview with ESPN.

I mean, everything I do, I do it for him obviously. Really close friend and this season’s for him.

Staples Center hosted a public memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant on 2/24 in honor of Kobe and Gianna's basketball numbers of No. 2 and No 24.

At the memorial, Ionescu gave an emotional speech about how both of them had greatly affected her. She started off the speech detailing the first time she met them when they surprised the Ducks by sitting courtside when they played at USC. Ionescu thought the surprise was going to be "Nike sent us some new shoes or swag or something."

When Kobe, Gianna and two of her teammates entered the arena, "they sat courtside while [Sabrina's] jaw sat dropped." 

After the game, they visited the Ducks locker room and Kobe gave them advice she's never forgotten. 

He congratulated me on the win that day and our season up until that point, but then said, and I'll never forget, 'Don't shoot yourselves in the foot.' He meant don't settle. Keep grinding, Control what you can.

Ionescu also remembered watching Gianna smile in the locker room and that Sabrina had watched film on her: "She had a fadeaway better than mine." However, Ionescu knew that Gianna was more than just a basketball prodigy, she was the future of the women's game.

If I represented the present of the women's game, Gigi was the future and Kobe knew it. So we decided to build a future together.

Sabrina would work out twice with Gianna and Kobe over the summer.

"I loved watching how hard she worked and how much her teammates loved her, but also her own desire to be great. She always wanted to learn, to go to every game she could: college, NBA, WNBA. Kobe was helping her with that because he saw it in her. Just like he saw it in me.

"His vision for others is always bigger than what they imagine for themselves. His vision for me was way bigger than my own. More importantly, he didn't show up in my life and leave. He stayed. We kept in touch, always texting, calling, game visits. I'd drop a triple-double and have a text from him 'Another triple-double I see' with a flex emoji. Another game another text: 'Yo beast mode' or 'Easy money'. I felt some pressure early on in the season and he wrote to me 'Be you. It's been good enough and that will continue to be good enough.'"

Kobe would teach Sabrina his stepback to put her game over the top and helped her with her footwork, a Kobe specialty: "'Real sharpness comes without effort' he said. ...He was giving me the blueprint. He was giving Gigi the same blueprint."

Kobe reassured Sabrina that her drive to be the best was an asset, not a curse. 

He united us. He made it so that the outsiders who outworked everyone else, who were driven to be just a little bit different every single day, to make those around them, behind them and above them a little bit better every single day. And they weren't the exception. They were the rule.

Sabrina, the face of women's college basketball, is doing it not only for herself, but also for the women that come after her. 

I wanted to be a part of the generation that changed basketball for Gigi and her teammates. Where being born female didn't mean being born behind. Where greatness wasn't divided by gender. 

Ionescu still texts Kobe despite his passing: "'Thank you for everything. The rest is for you. Rest easy my guy.' The last one I sent him said 'I miss you. May you rest in peace my dear friend.'" 

To close out her speech, Sabrina had an emotional plea to all those watching.

I ask each of you, every girldad, every human here with a voice, a platform, and a heart, to not let his sun set. Shine for us. For our sport where he once did. Invest in us with the same passion and drive and respect and love as he did his own daughter. In the end she was a sun just starting to rise and god did she glow. May their light forever shine. Kobe and Gigi I'll love you forever. Thank you.

Ionescu will travel to the Bay Area to play No. 4 Stanford tonight at 6:00 p.m. after the conclusion of the memorial.

You can watch the full interview embedded above.

Social media reacts to Sabrina Ionescu's tribute to Kobe Bryant: ‘Rest easy my guy’

screen_shot_2020-02-24_at_11.41.49_am.png
NBCS Northwest

Social media reacts to Sabrina Ionescu's tribute to Kobe Bryant: ‘Rest easy my guy’

“Wake up, grind and get better." That was the message Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had for Sabrina Ionescu.

Now, the Oregon women’s basketball star is paying tribute to her mentor and his daughter Gianna, who were tragically killed in a helicopter accident last month.

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ionescu eloquently spoke about why she idolized Bryant and how his daughter, Gigi, was the future of women’s sports.

Here’s a look at how social media reacted as Ionescu paid tribute to Kobe and Gigi in an arena filled with legends:

Ionescu will now catch a plane and head to Palo Alto to rejoin the Oregon women's basketball team. The No. 3 Ducks take on No. 4 Stanford at 6:00 p.m. 

What you need to know: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 Stanford (round two)

What you need to know: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 Stanford (round two)

Let’s rewind the clock back to week four of Pac-12 conference play. It was a Thursday night in Eugene, Oregon with the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal in town to battle the No. 6 seed Oregon Ducks. A nationally televised game with big national relevance. 

The Cardinal had the lead after one quarter, 17-13. And that was about it for Stanford. The Ducks outscored the Cardinal 74-38 the rest of the way behind Sabrina Ionescu’s 37 points.

A 32-point victory over the No. 3 team in the country, and the Ducks were rolling.

Since then, much has changed for both squads.

Stanford is without star freshman Haley Jones, who suffered a knee injury days later against the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers. She has yet to return to the court. However, 6-foot-3 forward Maya Dodson has returned from injury and proven to be an asset on both the offensive and defensive ends.

For the Ducks, they just seem to be getting better and better. Since their first meeting on Jan. 16, Oregon has played top opponents week after week: Twice against then-No. 7 Oregon State, at No. 4 UConn, No. 12 Arizona, No. 19 Arizona State and at No. 7 UCLA.

Their strength of schedule has only benefited the Ducks in terms of national ranking as well as preparation for whose next.

Could we be previewing the Pac-12 Tournament finals coming up in just a few short weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada? Possibly. But make no mistake, there’s no guarantee in this challenging conference. We do know one thing, it’s going to be a good one. 

Oregon (25-2, 14-1 Pac-12) and Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12) sit atop the Pac-12 conference standings at one and two. Oregon can clinch a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a win over the Cardinal.

Looking ahead, Stanford’s final weekend of conference play is a trip to No. 11 Arizona and No. 21 Arizona State. The Ducks will host the Washington schools. Advantage Oregon.

Here is what you need to know about the game tonight:

NUMBERS TO KNOW

POINTS PER GAME

Oregon - 85.9

Stanford - 75.9

SCORING MARGIN

Oregon - 28.8

Stanford - 16.7

REBOUNDS PER GAME

Oregon - 40.3

Stanford - 42.3

ASSISTS PER GAME

Oregon - 21.0

Stanford - 15.4

KEYS TO AN OREGON VICTORY

Contain Kiana Williams. This has probably been the best stretch Williams has played all season long. In their first meeting, Williams was the leading scorer for Stanford with 15 points. She loves to get out and run and push the pace. Against the Colorado Buffaloes last Sunday, she finished with 29 points including two three-pointers in the final 10 seconds that gave Stanford the victory.

A key to slowing her down is Minyon Moore, who has been heckling opposing guards all season long. Moore will have to do it again against Williams.

Take the crowd out early. A big advantage for Oregon in their first matchup was having the Matthew Knight Arena near-sellout crowd backing them up. It’s a different story when you’re the road team. The last time the Ducks were in Maples Pavilion, they won by 40 (88-48). Stanford may be looking for a bit of revenge in more ways than one.

How you do that? Oregon’s offense has been stellar lately with Erin Boley finding her outside shot. When opposing squads send double teams down low on Ruthy Hebard, Oregon and Boley need to capitalize with hitting three-pointers. Luckily for the Ducks, Boley has been on a tear lately hitting 15 three-pointers in their last two outings.

GAME INFORMATION

WHO: No. 3 Oregon at No. 4 Stanford 

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. (PT)

WHERE: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, California.

TV: ESPN2

RADIO: Oregon Sports Network

Oregon WR Juwan Johnson confirms he's a physical specimen at NFL Combine

Oregon WR Juwan Johnson confirms he's a physical specimen at NFL Combine

Anyone who has seen Oregon wide receiver Juwan Johnson take the field before knows he’s a big dude.

At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Johnson is one of the largest wideouts at the NFL Combine this year and his measurables prove it.

According to the NFL Draft’s official Twitter, Johnson led all wide receivers in longest arms, longest wingspan and largest hands. 

Johnson transferred to Oregon from Penn State in 2019, but injuries derailed his Ducks career early on. He went on to appear in 10 of Oregon’s 14 games, catching 30 passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns. He helped lead the Ducks to a victory in the Rose Bowl. His 66 yards were the most of any player on either team.

Johnson's large body frame and ability to shield defenders makes him a valuable asset to scouts looking for bigger types at the wide receiver position.

While his onfield portion of the combine will likely gain attention, the bench press will be perhaps his most anticipated event. The receiver recently announced he’ll be using the NFL Combine bench press to raise donations for Uplifting Athletes, a charity that assists the rare disease community. He hopes to raise $2,000 by completing at least 14 reps during the bench press.

Johnson joins quarterback Justin Herbert, tight end Jacob Breeland, linebacker Troy Dye, as well as offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, Jake Hanson and Shane Lemieux in one of the largest classes of draft hopefuls the Ducks have ever had participate in the NFL Combine.

Oregon men's basketball holds steady in latest AP Poll ranking

Oregon men's basketball holds steady in latest AP Poll ranking

It was a bittersweet weekend for Oregon men's basketball (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12) after splitting another road trip in the Pac-12 conference, resulting in the Ducks staying put at No. 14 in the latest Associated Press rankings.

Joining the Ducks in the Top 25 from the Pac-12 Conference is the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes, with Arizona State and Arizona being two of the first three teams left out of the rankings. 

Here's how the top ten shook out.

  1. Kansas (24-3)
  2. Baylor (24-2)
  3. Gonzaga (27-2)
  4. Dayton (25-2)
  5. San Diego State (26-1)
  6. Florida State (23-4)
  7. Duke (23-4)
  8. Kentucky (22-5)
  9. Maryland (22-5)
  10. Creighton (22-6)

Let's recap the weekend for Oregon.

@ Arizona State, LOSS 77-72

Tempe has cursed Oregon sports this academic school year. All three: football, women's basketball, and now men's basketball have fallen on the road to Arizona State. 

The Ducks got off to a slow start falling behind 12 points early. Oregon eventually tied the game at 54-all with 7:17 left in the game, but could never get over the hump. Pritchard finished with 18 points, 16 in the second half, but fouled out with 2:15 to go in the game and the Ducks down five. 

[Instant Analysis: No. 14 Oregon falls in the desert to Arizona State]

The loss set up a must-win game at Arizona, for the Ducks who were still in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament. 

@ then-No. 24 Arizona, WIN 73-72 OT

Senior guard Payton Pritchard had the performance of the season, scoring a career-high 38 points in an overtime thriller in the desert. The Ducks got to the extra period after Arizona’s Josh Green missed two free throws with five seconds left. Then, Shakur Juiston scored all nine of the Ducks' points in overtime, including a game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds left after Will Richardson drew the defense. 

[Instant Analysis: Payton Pritchard drops new career-high in OT win vs. Arizona]

The guard from West Linn may have wrapped up the Pac-12 Player of the Year Award with his gutsy performance, which helped the Ducks sweep the season series against the Wildcats. 

UP NEXT: The Ducks will host the Oregon State Beavers on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday in the second leg of the Civil War series.