After an offseason that saw three-of-five starters and four-of-six top rotation players leave the program, whether it be to play basketball professionally or entering the transfer portal, the Ducks have begun to reload.
Monday, Oregon secured a verbal commitment from JUCO All-American Rivaldo Soares, who averaged 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game for South Plains. His team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the regular season.
Shortly after his decision, he officially signed with the university.
"I felt that they where the best fit for me, style of play played a major role in my decision," Soares told 247Sports.com. "Coach Mike did a great job building a relationship with me, and coach Altman made me feel comfortable. They have a great track record with JUCO players as well."
He will likely act as a replacement for Chris Duarte who enrolled at Oregon after being a JUCO All-American in his own right. Last season, Duarte was a third-team All-American and named the AP Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Saores will enroll at Oregon with three years of eligibility remaining and wants to earn two degrees per Matt Prehm of Duck Territory.
Oregon beat out DePaul, Oklahoma State, St. John's, San Diego State, and Florida to secure his commitment.
And the Ducks are not done yet.
The Oregonian's Andrew Nemec reports Oregon is in talks with two talented players in the transfer portal: Jacob Young (Rutgers G, younger brother of Joe Young) and Quincy Guerrier (Syracuse F, All-ACC Third Team in 2020-21).
Soares joins De’Vion Harmon as the second player to transfer to Oregon this offseason.
Dana Altman has done it again and more will come.