[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. 

Before They Were Blazers: Gary Trent Jr.

Before They Were Blazers: Gary Trent Jr.

Leading up to the 10/18 Regular Season tip-off we are counting down with a special "Before They Were Blazers" look at every player on the roster!

Gary Trent Jr. is a fresh face for Blazers, having just joined the team this summer after he was selected with the 37th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent was a one-and-done star at Duke where he averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game for the Blue Devils.

Many projected Trent as a late first-round pick, but he fell to the second-round and the Blazers swooped in. 

High School and College Accolades/Notes

-2017 McDonald’s All-American

-Averaged 26.4 points and 5.8 rebounds for Apple Valley High in 2016, and was named Minnesota Player of the Year.

-Rated as a top 20 recruits by both ESPN and Rivals.Com

-Started every game his freshman season at Duke

-Set the all-time Duke freshman record for made threes in a single season with 97.

-Declared for the draft after his freshman year.

College Scouting Report 

Mike Schmitz of Draft Express had this to say about Trent before the 2018 NBA draft…

“Trent had just a decent week of practice and capped it off with an inefficient 9 point on 11 field goal attempt game in USA's win over the World Select team. He measured an inch taller than he did in the past, but other than that, his game hasn't changed all that much since he first burst onto the scene a few years ago. When his jumper is falling, he can be impressive with his shot-making ability, but he'll need to find a way to become more efficient with the rest of his game as he tends to freeze out his teammates.”

While Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Reports said…

“All teams need shot-makers, and Trent should be one of the best in the draft. The question is how much his weaknesses hold him back, and whether he can improve them over time. He hasn't shown to be as creative of a scorer as Devin Booker, who's succeeded with similarly average explosion. Worst case, Trent is another James Young. Best case, he's productive in the form of Hield.”

Draft Profile: Trevon Duval (6'3'' Guard, Duke)

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Draft Profile: Trevon Duval (6'3'' Guard, Duke)

Name:Trevon Duval

Height:  6’3”

Weight: 186lbs

Position: Guard

School: Freshman, Duke

2017-18 season averages: 10.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.6 apg

Career Highlights (via GoDuke.com)

• Played in 37 games his rookie season and made 34 starts
• His 207 assists were the fourth-most in a season by a Duke freshman
• A slashing, highlight-reel guard with excellent court vision and speed
 Declared for the NBA Draft on April 4, 2018

• Played in all 37 games and made 34 starts, averaging 10.3 points, 5.6 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 29.8 minutes per game
• One of four Blue Devils to play in every game
• Named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region Team
• His 207 assists were the fourth-most by a Duke freshman in a season, while his 5.6 assists per game ranked third on the Duke freshman list and ranked third in the ACC
• His 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was 12th in the ACC, while his 1.5 steals per game ranked 11th in the conference
• Posted four different games with 10 or more assists, the third-most by a Duke freshman in history
• Scored eight points with eight assists and three steals in his Duke debut versus Elon (11/10)
• Followed his performance against Elon with a double-double against Utah Valley (11/11), scoring 15 points with 12 assists and just one turnover in 30 minutes
• Three nights late against Michigan State in the Champions Classic (11/14), recorded his second double-double with 17 points, 10 assists and six steals.
• Accumulated 30 assists against four turnovers in his first three collegiate games
• Netted a career-high 22 points against Portland State (11/23) in the opening game of the PK80 in Portland, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and hitting 7-of-9 at the free throw line
• Had 15 points, six assists and no turnovers at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (11/29)
• Dished out 11 assists in just 20 minutes against St. Francis (12/5)
• Scored 16 points with four assists against Florida State (12/30)
• Shot 7-of-11 from the field, knocked down both of his three-point attempts and totaled 17 points with eight assists at Miami (1/15)
• Scored six points, had four assists and set a career-high with five steals against Louisville (2/21)
• In the home win over North Carolina (3/3), made three of four shots from the field, including his only three, and totaled seven points, six assists and no turnovers
• Dished out 11 assists versus Notre Dame in the quarterfinals (3/8), which were one shy of his career high and tied for the third-most by a freshman in an ACC Tournament game
• Totaled 18 assists over Duke’s two games in the ACC Tournament, the third-most by a player over two games in ACC Tournament history
• Poured in 19 points on a career-best 4-of-5 from three-point range and totaled eight assists in the NCAA Tournament First Round against Iona (3/15)
• His 4-of-5 performance from distance against Iona set a Duke freshman record for three-point accuracy in an NCAA Tournament game
• Had 11 points and seven assists versus Rhode Island in the NCAA Second Round (3/17)
• Exploded for 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting and six assists against Kansas in the Elite Eight (3/25), coming two points shy of his career high and playing a career-high 43 minutes in the overtime thriller
• Finished the NCAA Tournament shooting 7-of-18 from three-point range, the fifth-best percentage by a Duke freshman in the NCAA Tournament

Brackets Revealed for PK80

Brackets Revealed for PK80

The brackets for the much-hyped PK80 tournament have been released, and if you are a fan of college basketball you are in for a treat.

The tournament, boasted as one of the largest regular season tournaments in college basketball history, features 16 teams – a list that includes a combined 24 National Championships, three of last season’s Final Four teams, as well as five other teams that made the field of 64 last season.

PK80 will consist of two brackets, “Victory” and “Motion,” with each bracket crowning their own champion over the weekend. 

According to a press release, the names were chosen to pay tribute Nike and Phil Knight –

- “Victory”: In Greek mythology, Nike was considered the goddess of Victory

- “Motion”: The swoosh logo is not only meant to represent motion, but to also resemble the wings of the goddess Nike

Here is a quick breakdown of both:


The “Victory” bracket will play host to local teams Oregon and Portland, 2017 National Champions North Carolina, as well as UConn, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Michigan State, and Arkansas.

Round 1 will see North Carolina vs Portland, Arkansas vs Oklahoma, Georgetown vs Michigan State, and UConn vs Oregon.


“Motion” will be headlined by 2017 runner-up and Northwest favorite Gonzaga, along with fellow local school Portland State. They will be joined by Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils, Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Florida, and Butler.

Round 1 will see Duke vs Portland State,  Butler vs Texas, Florida vs Stanford, and Gonzaga vs Ohio State.

Click here to view a printable bracket

The two brackets will run simultaneously at Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum from Thursday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 26, with no games being played on Saturday.

Note: The champsions of the individual brackets will not play eachother, instead the brackets are being treated like two individual tournaments. 

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Ducks basketball ranked No.5 in AP preseason Top 25 poll

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Ducks basketball ranked No.5 in AP preseason Top 25 poll

The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team had one of its best seasons in program history last year, making it all the way to the Elite Eight before having its season end in a heartbreaking 80-68 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.

That postseason run, which included a win over perennial powerhouse Duke, set the bar high for 2017, not just among the Ducks’ faithful, but also in the minds of college football experts.

The AP Preseason Top 25 Poll was released early Monday, and the Ducks came in at No.5, the highest preseason ranking in program history, and received one first place vote.

The only teams ahead of Oregon:  No.1 Duke (58 first place votes), No.2 Kentucky (2), No.3 Kansas, and defending champion No. 4 Villanova (4).  No.6 Arizona and No.16 UCLA, are the only other Pac-12 schools in the preseason poll.

Take a quick look at the Oregon roster and it's easy to understand why the Ducks have such high expectation. Oregon returns five of its main rotation players, including junior forward Dillon Brooks, sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey and senior center Chris Boucher. The Ducks also add a talented recruiting class that has three Rivals four-star recruits - point guard Payton Pritchard (the highest rated recruit in the state of Oregon), guard/forward Keith Smith and guard M.J. Cage – the Ducks also bring in junior college transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams. Bigby-Willams, the 2015-16 NJCAA Player of the Year, adds instant depth to the bench. Factor in the other talented recruits and returning talents, and the Ducks could easily go 10 deep in the rotation.

[LINK - Aaron Fentress preview Ducks Basketball Season]

The AP poll isn't the only place the Ducks are getting love. Oregon also came in at No.5 in last week’s USA Today Coaches Poll, which was also a program best, and was selected as a favorite to win the conference in the Pac-12 media poll.

Fans don’t have to wait much longer to see if the team can live up to the preseason hype. The Ducks season kicks off November 7th when the Ducks host Northwest Christian.

PK80: 16-Team college hoops tournament comes to Portland in 2017


PK80: 16-Team college hoops tournament comes to Portland in 2017

Next November the Rose Quarter will play host to one of the largest regular season tournaments in the history of college basketball. Welcome to PK80 – The Phil Knight Invitational.

Held in honor of the Nike co-founder’s 80 birthday, PK80will see 12 teams from around the nation and four local schools converge on the Rose City. 

Portland’s own University of Portland and Portland State University will carry the torch for PDX, while Gonzaga and the University of Oregon will also help them represent the northwest.

The four northwest school will be joined by 12 of the best college basketball programs in the nation; Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas.

The invitational consists of two eight team brackets, with each bracket only having one school from each conference. The the winners of each bracket playing in a championship game.

In total the participants have combined for 23 national titles, 89 final four appearance, and 391 NCAA Tournament Invitations. Needless to say, this tournament is sort of a big deal.

The invitational starts on Thursday, November 23 and ends on Sunday, November 24(with no games played on Saturday).

Here are what some of the participating coaches are saying, via the official press release:

“It’s an honor to be included in this prestigious group of college basketball programs and to get the chance to participate in an event as exciting as the PK80. The level of competition, as well as the college basketball atmosphere, will make it a tremendous experience for everyone involved, especially the student-athletes. After all he’s done for college basketball, there is no more appropriate way to help Phil Knight celebrate such a special birthday.” – UConn head coach Kevin Ollie

“Phil Knight has been a visionary and an innovator for a long time. PK80 is a unique way we can honor him and the contributions he has made not just to the game of basketball, but to all of sport.” – Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

“What a great way to celebrate Phil Knight and all that he and Nike have done for college basketball and the Florida Gators. We’re excited and honored to be part of this field that features so many excellent programs.” – Florida head coach Mike White

It's exciting to be a part of this tournament. It is a privilege to be involved in an event that honors Phil Knight.  Mr. Knight has not only been pivotal figure in college athletics, but he has been a driving force in the entire sports industry. We are proud to participate in an event that celebrates him. – Georgetown head coach John Thompson III

“We’ve been fortunate to play in some incredible preseason events, but we’ve never been a part of something this amazing – both in terms of quantity and quality of the teams. This is sure to be an incredible experience for all the student-athletes. It’s only fitting to pay tribute to a one-of-a-kind man with a one-of-a-kind event. Phil Knight has revolutionized modern day fitness, while setting the gold standard for shoes and apparel, not just in basketball, but across all other sports and activities as well.” – Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo

“What a thrill for North Carolina Basketball to be playing in such a special event to honor a truly special man. PK80 not only brings together some of the top basketball programs in the game, it honors a giant in business and sports. Mr. Knight has a wonderful ability to touch people’s lives and do great things, both in and out of the sports world. I’ll always cherish my friendship with him.” – North Carolina head coach Roy Williams

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