The Oregon Ducks can recruit in basketball, too.
Dana Altman secured a commitment from the crown jewel of his 2021 recruiting class in five-star center Nathan Bittle Tuesday afternoon.
"I built a great relationship with the coaching staff," Bittle told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "They have always had a winning program. Ever since I was a little kid it was a dream of mine to be an Oregon Duck.”
The 6'11", 200-pound prospect played high school basketball at Crater before transferring to Prolific Prep in Napa, CA for his senior season. As a junior, Bittle averaged over 25 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
Crater participated in the Les Schwab Invitation earlier this year where Bittle thoroughly outplayed Gonzaga commit Ben Gregg in the first round, scoring 41 points (18-25) in a 71-54 victory. He led the event in points, field goals, rebounds, free-throws attempted, and blocked shots.
For Oregon, Bittle could be one of the best recruits the program has ever landed with a national ESPN ranking of No. 8, 247Sports ranking of No. 17 (No. 3 center) and composite ranking of No. 16 nationally (No. 3 center).
In his high school career, he's shown the ability to get points in the paint while also spacing the floor from beyond the three-point line. For Altman, he may have found the next coming of Chris Boucher.
Before transferring to Prolific Prep, he was set to be the highest ranked player from the state of Oregon since Terrence Jones in 2010.
Bittle chose Oregon over Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, USC and more.
247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon compares Bittle to Channing Frye and projects him as a first round pick.
"Talented center with good size and long arms. Decent athlete, which could improve with strength. Still physically immature but has the shoulders and base to put on weight in time. Has big-time weapon in 3-point shooting ability given his size and length. Gets pushed off the block at times due to lack of strength but has go-to move in right hook. Rebounds area and passes well for position. Respectable rim protector for age and physical immaturity. Improving his footwork and confidence inside will be big but strength should go a long way there. Projects as successful high major center. Any reasonable jump athletically and/or as interior scorer should put him on the first round path."
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