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Oregon basketball loses another player this offseason: Victor Bailey Jr.

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Oregon basketball loses another player this offseason: Victor Bailey Jr.

Oregon sophomore Victor Bailey Jr. is transferring, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.4 points, two rebounds and shot a team-best 39.8 percent from three-point range. He averaged 19.1 minutes with eight starts in 37 games last season, but his playing time faded off, only playing five minutes in Oregon's first two NCAA Tournament games. Bailey did not play vs. Virginia in the Sweet 16.

Bailey's departure marks Oregon's fifth open scholarship spot. The Ducks are still piecing their 2019 recruting class together, but will also need to replace senior Paul White, senior Ehab Amin, freshmen Bol Bol and Louis King (intend to remain in the NBA Draft). 

This comes on the heel of Oregon missing out on two top recruiting targets: five-star point guard Cole Anthony and four-star guard Cassius Stanley. 

Anthony committed to North Carolina live on ESPN, he had Oregon in his final four. Anthony was the MVP of both McDonald's and Jordan Brand Classic, and had a strong showing at the Nike Hoop Summit.

Cassius Stanley committed to Duke on Monday. A commitment from Stanley and Anthony would have likely launched Oregon back into the discussion for a top-10 class nationally. Currently, Oregon’s 2019 class is ranked 12th nationally and third in the Pac-12 Conference. Here is where UO's 2019 recruiting class stands

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

Oregon basketball is still piecing its 2019 recruiting class together.

The Ducks whiffed on Cassius Stanley, who committed to Duke. The No. 29 player in the country is ranked No. 3 among combo guards, according to 247 Sports. Oregon was heavily pursuing Stanley, who originally narrowed his top three schools to UO, Kansas and UCLA, ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, when he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

During his announcement, Stanley praised Oregon as an “up and coming program” with “elite coaches” before selecting Duke.

A commitment from Stanley and consensus five-star combo guard Cole Anthony, would have likely launched Oregon back into the discussion for a top-10 class nationally.

Anthony is expected to make his college decision tomorrow. He’s narrowed the choices to North Carolina, Oregon, Georgetown and Notre Dame.

Oregon defensive lineman and the nation’s top football 2019 recruit, Kayvon Thibodeaux made his feelings known on Twitter.

Currently, Oregon’s 2019 class is ranked 12th nationally and third in the Pac-12 Conference after landing a big verbal commitment from transfer guard on Saturday.

After visiting Eugene for the Oregon spring football game, Duquesne sophomore guard Eric Williams, Jr. announced on Twitter that he committed to the Ducks will enroll at Oregon for next basketball season.

6-foot-6 Williams, who averaged 14 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, will sit out the 2019-20 basketball season and then be a redshirt junior for the 2020-21 season.

The Ducks have also landed commitments from junior college national player of the year candidate Chris Duarte and consensus four-star big man Isaac Johnson, who is expected to take a two-year LDS mission and won't be back in Eugene until 2021. Rounding out Oregon's 2019 class is two 6-foot-8, four-star prospects CJ Walker and Chandler Lawson. 

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Oregon men's basketball is trying to land one of the nation's top high school athletes, four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley.

Coach Dana Altman should thank Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who is already fighing for a starting spot, for doing a little recruiting on Stanley's Instagram. Pittman wrote a simple "Sco (Ducks)" comment. 

Kansas, Oregon, and UCLA were originally Stanley’s top three schools. Ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard out of Sierra Canyon High School (Los Angeles, California) will commit today at 12:30 p.m.. 247 Sports ranks Stanley as the No. 29 player in the country, No. 3 among combo guards and No. 3 in California. 

Louis King officially NBA bound: Ducks still capable of greatness

Louis King officially NBA bound: Ducks still capable of greatness

Louis King won’t be in an Oregon Duck uniform next season. The 6-foot-9 forward declared on Twitter that he'd be hiring and agent and submitting paperwork to the league office to make himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft.

The freshman becomes the third one-and-done player at Oregon in two seasons (Troy Brown and Bol Bol). He’s largely projected to be a second round selection although some mock drafts do not have him listed.

Of course, a strong NBA Combine workout and workouts hosted by NBA teams could increase King’s draft stock.

This decision comes on the heels of Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu choosing to forgo the WNBA draft, where she would have likely been the top pick.

If King had stayed for his sophomore season, Oregon had the recipe to be a Final Four contender; returning seven scholarship players and adding a top 10 recruiting class. But don't fret, Ducks fans, next season is not lost. The Ducks can still find success and make a posteason run with Dana Altman as head coach, Kenny Wooten and Payton Pritchard's likely return, a strong incoming class and the team buying into elite defense. However, without King, Oregon will again need to find its centerpiece star, similar to when Bol was lost to a season ending injury.

“My incredible coaches, teammates, managers, and training staff made me a better player on the court and a better person off the court,” King said on Twitter. “And to the fans who supported me and lifted me up - Oregon fans are the best in the world and there is no better place to play college basketball.

"As grateful as I am for the journey that has brought me to this point, my family and I have decided the time has come for me to pursue my next dream. This is the one that has driven me since I first started playing basketball as a young kid, and that is to pursue the opportunity to play at the highest level, in the NBA. For that reason, I am declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft with the intent to hire an agent. Thank you, God bless."

The former five-star recruit gained a lot of attention in Oregon’s postseason run, helping the Ducks win the Pac-12 tournament and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to eventual national champion Virginia. His 7-foot-1 wingspan helped Oregon’s excellent defense and makes him an ideal NBA selection. In seven postseason games, he averaged 16.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting, including an impressive 61.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

King, the No. 35 prospect in the ESPN 100, finished second on the team in scoring this season behind Bol. He was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team and was an all-conference honorable mention selection after averaging 13 points and 5.3 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game and shooting 38.6 percent from 3-point range.

Big decision time: Four Oregon Ducks enter NBA draft

Big decision time: Four Oregon Ducks enter NBA draft

The Oregon men’s basketball roster could be looking very different next season.

Louis King, Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten will all declare for the NBA draft, as first reported by John Canzano. Who will actually take their talents to the pros and who will return? That will be decided in the next two months.

The three Ducks join freshman center Bol Bol, who has already hired an agent and made his decision official.

[READ: Bol Bol, worth the gamble?]

Making the decision to enter the NBA Draft and go through the draft process doesn’t mean all three won’t be wearing green and yellow next season. It’s called “testing the waters” for a reason, like dipping your toe to see if you might make millions or not. Totally relatable, right?

This news comes days after Oregon women's basketball star guard Sabrina Ionescu chose to pass on the opportunity to go pro

[READ: First Herbert, then Ionescu: The time for Oregon Duck titles is now]

Here is how it will go down for the Ducks before they have to decide on their future. Players invited to the NBA Combine can attend from May 14-19 and attend workouts hosted by NBA teams. The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is June 10.

A new NCAA rule also allows prospects to hire an agent but terminate that agent relationship prior to May 29 and still be eligible to play in college. This will be very helpful when weighing whether to go back to Oregon or not.

Currently, King, who was a five-star recruit, is the most likely Duck to join Bol in the draft. His draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 all-tournament team. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN.

[READ: Oregon Ducks won't rule the basketball world without its King]

Pritchard also got attention from his postseason play. In seven postseason games, Pritchard took command of the team and averaged 16 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.4 rebounds.

Wooten swatted his way to 74 blocked shots and averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last season

The 6-foot-9 sophomore also tore up the postseason; blocking 10 shots in Oregon’s two NCAA tournament games and four blocks in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Neither Pritchard or Wooten are currently listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft I could find. Most likely, it'll be all eyes on King. 

Next season could be destined for success after building on the 2018-19 season, which I view a success. After losing star Bol to a season ending injury, overcoming injuries to King and Wooten, Oregon finished the season with a 25-13 record and was the last Pac-12 team standing in the NCAA Tournament. No Oregon coach has more victories than coach Dana Altman (235 wins, 9 seasons), who also signed a contract extension through 2025-26. Oregon could return as many as seven scholarship players and add a top 10 recruiting class.

The NBA Draft is June 20. Be sure to check back all through April, May and June as Jamie Hudson brings you updated Mock Draft for the entire first round!

Is Oregon becoming a basketball school?

Is Oregon becoming a basketball school?

The mesmerizing site of Oregon junior guard Sabrina Ionescu dropping threes at will Sunday afternoon against Mississippi State in the Elite Eight was only surpassed by the euphoric celebration that followed the Ducks' hard-fought 88-84 win that sent the program to its first Final Four. 

A few days prior to the women's historical victory, the Oregon men's team narrowly lost 53-49 to No. 1 seed Virginia in the Sweet 16. That came nearly a week after UO clobbered the field in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., two years after the program reached the Final Four and three years after a run to the Elite Eight.

All of this recent success on the hardwood, which includes the women's run to the Elite Eight the last two seasons, begs the question: Is Oregon becoming a basketball school?

During the same four-season time frame that includes Oregon's greatest combined achievements in both men's and women's basketball, the football program fell on hard times. The Ducks are on their third coach since 2016, have not sniffed a conference title and have just one bowl victory, which came in a very forgettable 7-6 win over Michigan State last December in the Redbox Bowl.

Since reaching the college football national title game following the 2014 season, Oregon fired a legacy football staff in 2016 after going 4-8, ended up with their seventh choice as head coach in Willie Taggart, who ultimately left UO after one season for Florida State and now UO has relatively unproven Mario Cristobal at the helm. Over on the basketball side: men's coach Dana Altman and women's coach Kelly Graves are proven commodities with long track records of success. Cristobal has a career record of 36-53. Compare that to Graves (496-211 at UO, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's) and Altman (645-339 at UO, Creighton, Kansas State and Marshall).

The two most prominent athletes between basketball and football over the past three years are Dillon Brooks, the best player on the men's Final Four team, and current women's superstar, Ionescu, who will lead the Ducks (33-4) against Baylor (35-1) at 4 p.m., Friday in Tampa, Fla. 

Don't bring up quarterback Justin Herbert. Yes, he will be a first-round pick in the NFL next year. Yes, football is a bigger deal than basketball in this country. But Herbert has yet to achieve the level of greatness both Brooks and Ionescu enjoyed at Oregon. And Sabrina isn't done. 

Yes, I'm abandoning style protocol and referring to her by her first name. Sabrina's performance on Sunday - 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds - further enhanced her legendary status to the point where she is worthy of the single-name mention. Sabrina. That's it. Nothing else is needed. Just like with Marcus, LaMichael and Joey in the Oregon football world. 

Those three men led the Ducks to their greatest seasons ever. Quarterback Joey Harrington led UO to the 2002 Fiesta Bowl win and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Running back LaMichael James led the Ducks to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and placed third in the Heisman balloting. Quarterback Marcus Mariota guided UO to the 2015 national championship game and received Oregon's first Heisman Trophy. Those three belong on the Mt. Rushmore of Oregon football  with the fourth representative open for debate.  

But that 2014 season with Marcus leading the way seems like eons ago. The landscape of the Pac-12 and college football have so dramatically changed that the once fabled "blur offense" became just another fast-paced scheme and the run of dizzying success UO enjoyed from 2007 through 2014 came to a screeching halt. 

Cristobal is attempting to resuscitate that success and got off to a solid start last season by going 9-4, albeit with a very weak schedule. A highly-rated recruiting class bodes well for the Ducks' future on the gridiron but there are certainly no guarantees that the Ducks will once again taste national-level success in the near future. 

Cristobal can't ultimately be judged until after his fourth season when he has had three years to assemble talent recruited under his guidance. 

Meanwhile, the men's and women's basketball programs already appear to be set up for long-term success. Altman has proven that he can reshape and develop rosters on the fly as good as almost anyone in the country. Graves has tapped into the international recruiting scene to create a strong pipeline of elite talent flowing into Eugene. 

It wasn't long ago that the basketball programs were mere diversions to pass the time until the summer recreation months that led to what mattered most - football. Not anymore. 

The women's basketball team will be strong again next season. Altman has another great recruiting class heading in to join a strong group of returners.

Football? Well, Herbert is back for his senior season. So there is hope there for great success. We shall see. 

So maybe the question isn't if Oregon is becoming a basketball school, but rather has it already done so?

Bol Bol, worth the gamble?

Bol Bol, worth the gamble?

The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon seems to have come and gone in a blink of an eye.

Freshman center Bol Bol made his move to the NBA official on Saturday via his Instagram and has hired an agent at CAA, according to ESPN.

“What an incredible ride it has been,” Bol wrote. "Although I was only able to play in 9 games this year, being a part of this journey with my teammates and coaching staff all the way to the Sweet 16 has been by far one of the greatest moments of my life. We created a true brotherhood and the memories we made will last a lifetime”.

Bol’s talent was undeniable during his short stint in green and yellow. But did he display enough of his immense potential before the season ending injury to wipe away the red flag durability concerns? Will the 7-foot-2 center be a lottery selection or has his draft stock slipped?

Before diving into his NBA future, it’s important to note that Bol does have a loss-of-value insurance policy that could come into play if he winds up falling in the draft due to the fractured foot, which required surgery. Bol was unsure of the amount, according to James Crepea.

Turmoil also surrounds Bol; celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti accused the former five-star recruit of receiving funds from Nike in a recruitment scheme but has not provided specifics or evidence to support his claims. 

It’s easy to see why Bol is one of the most intriguing players in the 2019 NBA draft; 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans with terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. In his nine games with the Ducks, he led the team in points (21.0 per game), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7).

Once a sure lottery pick, some mock drafts have him on the edge of the first round after his surgery.

He is the No. 23 prospect in the latest CBS Sports Top 75 Big Board, projected to be drafted at No. 19 to the San Antonio Spurs by Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated has Bol falling to No. 27, while both Yahoo and NBC Sports have the Boston Celtics selecting Bol with the 14th pick.

Durability is the biggest issue that surrounds Bol as he joined a large group of seven-footers with foot problems. He has dealt with various injuries throughout his basketball career and questions will linger until he’s back on the court. He is no longer wearing a walking boot or using a scooter. Bol’s prognosis, via his lawyer, says he will return to basketball activities in the summer, meaning he could be ready for the beginning of the NBA season in mid-October.

Oregon’s roster lists Bol at 235 pounds. The son of former NBA player Manute Bol who played 10 NBA seasons, will need to add some weight on to his thin frame in order to compete against the NBA bigs. However, impressively, Bol averaged nearly 30 minutes a game at Oregon. Similar to his father who blocked an average of 3.3 shots per game, Bol Bol's natural shot-blocking ability is a major strength.

Bol’s ceiling is high as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting big man. No doubt the Oregon one-and-done is in the lottery discussion. His potential for stardom outweighs the possibility of a bust, in my opinion, I believe a team will roll the dice on his unique skillset and Bol will be top-20 selection.

Oregon Ducks won't rule the basketball world without its King

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Oregon Ducks won't rule the basketball world without its King

The Oregon men's basketball season sits in a precarious situation. In a sport where not one player that's good enough to make millions in the NBA wants to play for free in college, the Ducks, like other programs, are continually fighting to build a national title contender before their best players move on to get paid. 

Oregon's men's basketball season ended sooner than it had hoped but also much later than anyone could have expected once the Pac-12 Conference season began without Bol Bol, lost for the season with a foot injury. The team's run to the Pac-12 tournament championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where last Thursday it fell to No. 1-seed Virginia, was accomplished with a roster that consisted of just two seniors (Paul White and Ehab Amin) and enough talented underclassmen to at least contemplate a deeper run next season. 

However, that likely won't be possible without the return of freshman Louis King, who following the team's loss to Virginia he is undecided about his future. King is the key to it all. With him, the Ducks would have the look of a Final Four contender. With out him, it's difficult to believe that the Ducks will make another strong run. 

First off, let's just get this question out of the way: Junior point guard Payton Pritchard and sophomore forward Kenny Wooten have no business leaving for the NBA at this time. Neither is listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft out there (at least that I could find). Sure, they should test the waters, but both would be better off returning next season. If both were to leave, Oregon would have no chance of doing much of anything next season. 

Now let's return to a world where both Pritchard and Wooten do return. In this world, a team led by this duo would be quite formidable. Plus, they would be surrounded by a ton of budding talent. Guard Victor Bailey Jr., who will become a junior, is going to bust out next season. The former four-star recruit shot .39 percent from three-point range last season and should only improve his all-around game.

The 2018 recruiting class was led by five-star gems, King and Bol Bol, who will be a first-round pick in June, but also featured three four-star recruits. Guard Will Richardson, forward Miles Norris and center Francis Okoro certainly flashed great potential this season. 

Then Oregon has its incoming class led by five-star forward C.J. Walker, and four-star recruits; guard Christopher Duarte, forward Chandler Lawson and center Isaac Johnson.  

On paper, that's at least six recent four-star recruits, a five-star talent in Walker, Payton and Wooten hit the hardwood with next season. Not bad. But it's not good enough to make a Final Four run given the extreme youth. 

What that group needs is King to get them over the top. King, after Bol Bol went down with a foot injury, was easily UO's most talented player on the court. He initially struggled after missing seven games with a torn meniscus. He shot 21 of 64 (32.8 percent) over his first seven games before finding his grove. He finished at 43.8 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three while ranking second on the team in scoring (13.5), only behind Bol Bol (21.1) and second in rebounds (5.5), also behind his fallen teammate (9.6).

King would be the team's centerpiece. The star other teams fear. The player that could make everyone around him better by his sheer presence, especially the incoming freshmen. He is a fluid, graceful, 6-foot-9 athlete capable of getting his own shot, penetrating and dropping threes in the faces of defenders. What's not to love?

King would be this team's Dillon Brooks, who led the Ducks to the 2017 Final Four. 

Without King, the Ducks would still be good, and who knows, maybe one of the returning sophomores or incoming freshmen blows up and becomes that dawg.

That's a big "if." King is a sure thing.

Imagine, if you will, this season's Ducks team with Troy Brown as the centerpiece. 

Brown entered the NBA after his freshman season and went to the Washington Wizards at No. 16.  Had he remained at Oregon, he could have helped the Ducks maybe win the Pac-12 regular season even without Bol Bol. 

The reality is that most Final Four teams are led by either future NBA players with some seasoning, and/or battle-tested upperclassmen that play the game at such a mentally high level that younger, more talented teams can't compete. 

Look at Duke. It features two players in Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett that could go one-two in this year's NBA Draft yet that team didn't go as far as the Ducks did in 2017 with not one first-round pick. The Blue Devils, before losing to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, barely got by Central Florida (77-76) and Virginia Tech (75-73). 

What the Ducks did have in 2017 were three future second-round picks in Brooks, Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey, that had been around a couple of years and were running with a senior in Chris Boucher that is now with the Atlanta Hawks after going undrafted following a knee injury. That combination of talent and experience led the Ducks to the Final Four. 

King, as an experience sophomore with NBA potential, would be deadly, much like Brooks two years ago as a junior. Brown would have been the same but he left early. The comparison of King to Brown in terms of potential impact as sophomores is real but the comparison between the two as NBA prospects is murky.

Brown pretty much had to leave. He was almost a lottery pick and is making millions. King, on the other hand, is not considered to be a sure-fire NBA Draft pick. In fact, NBADraft.net does not list King in its two-round mock draft and neither does HoopsHype.com

That all could change if King were to workout well at the NBA combine, and online mock drafts don't necessarily reflect what NFL scouts are thinking. But as of now, King doesn't appear to be a lock to get drafted. 

For Oregon's sake, it should hope that King decides to return and attempt to play his way into becoming a potential first-round pick in 2020, rather than chase the dream too soon and end up toiling in the G League. With Dana Altman coaching, the team buying into playing elite defense, a glut of young talent and the likely return of Pritchard and Wooten, Mr. King could be set up for a glorious sophomore season. 

Without him, Oregon will still be good next season. There is no denying that. But the Ducks won't have a legitimate chance of reaching the Final Four without the return of its King. 

Victory in defeat: Oregon Basketball falls in Sweet 16

Victory in defeat: Oregon Basketball falls in Sweet 16

Six weeks ago, if you would have said Oregon basketball would lose by four points in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Virginia, I would have bet money against you. Could you have blamed me? The Ducks were 10th in the Pac-12 Conference with a 15-12 record.

The odds were stacked against them but the Ducks had their eye on the NCAA Tournament. Oregon earned the conference’s automatic berth by winning the Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, to become the team that wasn’t that wasn’t supposed to be in the Big Dance. As the South Region 12-seed, Oregon grinded out a 10-game winning streak with stout defense and a commanding performance by junior guard Payton Pritchard. 

The Ducks battled for a chance to go from sweet to elite but ultimately, fell short.

"We were right there, down to the wire," Pritchard said. "We're going to look back at this and it's going to be frustrating for a while now. But for the way we turned around this season and proved all the doubters wrong and won ten straight to make it this far, we're going to look at that as a positive".

Usually when a team holds an opponent to 36 percent shooting, they would lead. Not in this case. The Ducks were far from perfect in the first half; Oregon scored zero points off turnovers, grabbed zero offensive

rebounds, made zero free throws, only took 21 shot attempts, got out-rebounded 20-13, blocked zero shots and gave up six second chance points.


After reading that, you are probably thinking, Oregon was lucky to only be down 30-22 at half.

You’d be correct.

The deficit would have been much larger without senior Ehab Amin, who brought the energy off the bench and lead the team with eight first half points. Although, his most memorable moment from the game came from a flop deserving of an Oscar after being head-butted by Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite, which ended in a double technical.

The Cavaliers closed the half on a 17-4 run that added up to the largest halftime deficit the Ducks have faced in the last 11 games.

The odds were once again stacked the Ducks, as Virginia is 27-0 when leading at the half this season and has won 60 straight games when leading at the half.

However, this Oregon team is used to unlikely odds, as the only double-digit seed in the Sweet 16, Oregon had 20 minutes to make history. No 12 seeded team has ever defeated a top seed in NCAA Tournament play.

The Ducks weren’t going down without a fight, opening the second half with a mini 5-0 run thanks to a Paul White deep three and a Francis Okoro offensive rebound that led he converted to a basket.

Oregon's 18-14 edge on the boards, a major halftime adjustment, helped close the deficit. Freshman Louis King continued his clutch shooting, leading UO with 16 points on 5-of-12. He also added four rebounds.

Pritchard continued his tear, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds and four assists. The junior rose in Oregon record books; becoming fourth in UO season assists and 19th in UO career scoring.

Ultimately, down the stretch Oregon missed ample chances to take the victory and relyed too much on the three, missing a flurry of shots in the last five minutes. Virginia sealed the win and advanced to the Elite Eight to face Purdue. Ty Jerome scored 13 points to lead four Cavaliers in double-figures.

In his last game as a Duck, senior Paul White scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.

"The character that we showed speaks more volumes than the results that happened tonight," White said.  "We really slugged it out and I think this team going forward is going to be a tremendous team".

After losing star freshman Bol Bol to a season ending injury, overcoming injuries to King and Kenny Wooten, Oregon finished the 2018-19 season with a 25-13 record and as the last Pac-12 team standing in the NCAA Tournament. No Oregon coach has more victories than coach Dana Altman (235 wins, 9 seasons), who also signed a contract extension through 2025-26. Oregon could return as many as eight players (Bol and King have not declared) and add a top 10 recruiting class.

Sounds like a victory to me.

Altman says Bol Bol, Nike, Oregon accusations are inaccurate

Altman says Bol Bol, Nike, Oregon accusations are inaccurate

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti has accused Nike of making cash payments to two top recruits and Pac-12 conference athletes.

Avenatti claims that both University of Oregon freshman, projected lottery pick Bol Bol, and current Suns rookie, former Arizona Wildcat Deandre Ayton, received funds from Nike in a recruitment scheme but provided no specifics or evidence to support his claims.

On Tuesday, fresh out of jail after he reportedly tried to extort Nike for more than $20 million, Avenatti tweeted his allegations.


Altman met with the media Tuesday morning ahead of the Ducks’ trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and was asked about the allegations. Altman told reporters he had “no reason to believe any of it’s accurate”.

Ayton was linked to the Adidas recruiting scandal involving over 20 schools that resulted in three men receiving prison sentences.

Avenatti also alleged that Nike is attempting to "cover up" corruption that precipitates from the "highest levels" of the company.

Greg Rossiter, a company spokesman, reissued Nike’s statement from Monday after authorities arrested Avenatti.

“Nike will not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation,” he said.