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Bol Bol a lottery selection? Latest NBA mock drafts for Oregon Ducks

Bol Bol a lottery selection? Latest NBA mock drafts for Oregon Ducks

The ping pong balls have landed! The New Orleans Pelicans were the surprise winners of the NBA draft lottery and first chance at Duke star Zion Williamson. Now that the lottery results are final, let’s take a look at landing spots for potential Pro Ducks.

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

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 and 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).

[READ: Bol Bol, worth the gamble?]

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? The consensus among mock drafts is that he will be a first round draft pick.

8th pick: Atlanta Hawks select Oregon center Bol Bol (Bleacher Report)

17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (SB Nation)

10th pick: Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks) select Oregon center Bol Bol (NY Post)

17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (Sports Illustrated)

22nd pick: Boston Celtics select Oregon center Bol Bol (NBC Sports)

LOUIS KING: The 6-foot-9 forward’s 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. But how far?

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

The five-star recruit has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN. Most mock drafts are first round only and do not have King listed, the consensus is that he will be selected in the second round.

38th pick: Chicago Bulls (from Memphis Grizzlies) select Oregon forward Louis King (Sports Illustrated)

30th pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Oregon forward Louis King (Mass Live)

Bol and King are among 66 players invited to this year’s NBA Combine, held May 16-17 (Noon-4 p.m. PT, ESPN2) at Quest Multisport in Chicago. Interestingly, King has decided not to work out in the five-on-five games and the combine.

Neither Payton Pritchard or Kenny Wooten (who also declared for the NBA draft and testing the waters) are currently listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft I could find. Most likely, it'll be all eyes on Bol and King. 

The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is June 10.

[READ: Big decision time: Four Oregon Ducks enter NBA draft]

Current and former Oregon Ducks divulge hot takes on Blazers-Warriors

Current and former Oregon Ducks divulge hot takes on Blazers-Warriors

This is where Rip City and Oregon Football collide. Everybody has an opinion when it comes to the Western Conference Finals (including me: Blazers in seven). Some of these Ducks have ties to Portland, some to Oakland, but all have predictions!

JOEY HARRINGTON (Born and raised in Portland, 1998-2001 Oregon Duck, 2002-08 NFL)

Prediction: Blazers in six

Reasoning: Golden State is playing a different style without Kevin Durant, I think they are a better TEAM and they share the ball better without him on the court. The Warriors are the better team but they haven’t played this style in awhile. I think while Durant’s out they will be vulnerable and the Blazers can steal one in Oakland. IF Blazers get one in Oakland and IF Damian Lilliard shoots the ball similar to how he did in the first round vs. OKC, Blazers in six! If Lillard doesn’t, than Golden State in six. 

LAMICHAEL JAMES (2009-11 Oregon Duck, 2012-15 NFL)

Prediction: Blazers in six

Reasoning: With no Kevin Durant or DeMarcus Cousins... I like the way the Blazers play basketball as a team, you can tell they have good chemistry and no one cares who get the points. It’s just about who wins, that’s huge to me, that’s why I’m a Lillard and McCollum fan- they’re unselfish and it’s about the team. 

DEFOREST BUCKNER (2012-15 Oregon Duck, 2016-current San Francisco 49er)

PREDICTION: Blazers in seven

Reasoning: Because I been a fan of Damian Lillard since I was at Oregon, also they’ve been playing really good especially CJ McCollum! And honestly I just want a change up in the Finals this year. The Warriors are a great team, but I really think the Blazers can compete with them and pull it out in 7!

CYRUS HABIBI-LIKIO (Born and raised in the Bay Area, current Oregon Duck)

Prediction: Warriors in six

Reasoning: I am from the Golden State and grew up going to their games since I was young. I say Portland wins two and we take the rest. But I do think a title in Portland would be so good for you guys and this state so I really don’t mind who wins. I just don’t want to hear it from everyone here if the Blazers win.

TYRELL CROSBY (2014-17 Oregon Duck, 2018- Current NFL)

Prediction: Blazers in six

Reasoning: Throwing me in a predicament! I’m a Blazers fan but I want to see (former Oregon Duck) Jordan Bell ball out.

JAKE FISHER (2011-14 Oregon Duck, 2015- Current NFL)

Prediction: Blazers in seven

Reasoning: Love the underdog fight in the Blazers. Mindset is everything in the playoffs. Everyone counted them out already which has sparked a different energy. They are hot and they play team ball. They match up well against the Warriors without Kevin Durant, I think it only increases the odds in their favor!

JORDON SCOTT (Current Oregon Duck)

Prediction: Blazers in seven

Reasoning: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will go for 50 combined every game and they’ll win.

JUWAN JOHNSON(Current Oregon Duck)

Prediction: Warriors in six

Reasonin: Warriors have too much depth to lose against Portland.

SHANE LEMIEUX (Current Oregon Duck)

Prediction: Warriors in seven

Reasoning: Portland has a ton more heart than the Warriors but ultimately the skill on the Warriors will end up winning the series for them.

TYSON COLEMAN (Born and raised in Portland, 2011-15 Oregon Duck)

Prediction: Warriors in six

Reasoning: I want the Blazers though. I think the Blazers might get the first two with Kevin Durant out but once he is back they have tooooo much horsepower. It’s like the Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner, DeAnthony Thomas, Josh Huff combo with Golden State. Lol, I had to add a little Duck flare.

ISAIAH PITRE(Current Oregon Duck, Oakland native)

Prediction: Warriors in five

Reasoning: Because people seem to think that because Kevin Durant is out that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson can't win...Splash Brothers won two championships without him.

MJ CUNNINGHAM (Current Oregon Duck, Portland native)

Prediction: Blazers in seven

Reasoning: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum always find a way to get it done. Also he is an alum of the Team Lillard premier 7on7 team

OSU baseball drops game three of Civil War

OSU baseball drops game three of Civil War

The Civil War finale went to Oregon. The Ducks avoided the series sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Beavers in Eugene at PK Park.

For the third straight season, Oregon State claimed the series after winning game one, 4-1, and game two, 8-5.

OSU had a solid day on the mound featuring Joey Mundt and Jake Mulholland, who combined for seven innings of scoreless relief. Mundt struck out five in 3.2 innings, while Mulholland struck out three in 2.1 innings.

Coming off Civil War game two, in which the Beavers stranded 14 batters on base, leaving runners on base continued to kill the Beavers into game three. OSU stranded a season-high total 15 runners on base in game three.

The Ducks jumped out to an early lead offensively, Spencer Steer and Jonny DeLuca drove in two runs. UO added another run in the second inning with DeLuca’s second RBI of the day to extend the lead to 3-0. 

Oregon State had a few chances to get on the board but were unable to capitalize until the sixth inning on a two-out single to right field by Jake Dukart.

Then OSU’ Alex McGarry ripped a home run, his seventh of the season, to lead off the eighth inning and close the Oregon State deficit to 3-2.

Oregon State’s defense remained stout and committed zero errors but the Ducks held on to the victory.

Oregon State returns to Goss Stadium for the Beavers' final non-conference game of the regular season vs. Portland on Tuesday before traveling to Stanford for a crucial series to determine Pac-12 standings.

OSU baseball beats Oregon behind dominant pitching, defensive gems and timely hitting

OSU baseball beats Oregon behind dominant pitching, defensive gems and timely hitting

EUGENE- Ducks and Beavers fans lined up to get into a sunny, buzzing PK Park on Friday night for game one of the Civil War series. A perfect night for some baseball… especially if you were in orange and black.

Oregon State (32-14-1, 18-4 Pac-12) defeated the Oregon, 4-1, with much thanks to a complete game pitching effort from Bryce Fehmel, plus timely hitting and extraordinary defensive plays.

"I thought Bryce was outstanding," said OSU interim coach Pat Bailey. "I can't say enough about how competitive he is and how well he stays focus and locates pitches."

It didn’t take long until the Oregon State fans had something to cheer about. On the second pitch of the game, shortstop Beau Phillip smashed a home run over the left field fence off of Oregon starting pitcher Robert Ahlstrom, a left-handed Eugene-native.

It marked the 23rd time this season the Beavers jumped to a lead from the start.

OSU didn’t slow from there, scoring two in the second inning off of two hits and one unearned run in the third inning to stretch the lead to 4-0. Three of OSU’s seven hits came with two outs.

Right-handed pitcher Fehmel dominated: through nine innings, he allowed eight hits and one run with four strikeouts and one walk. 

The Beavers’ defense came through as well, making zero errors.

The SportsCenter Top 10 worth defensive gem? OSU centerfielder Kyler McMahan made a diving snag and hurled the ball to first base to double off Oregon third baseman Spencer Steer and end the inning.

The victory over Oregon flushed a four-game losing streak and put OSU back in the drivers seat for a regular season Pac-12 championship. Heading into the Civil War series, the Beavers sit atop the Pac-12 conference in a tie for first with Stanford.

It also kept Oregon State’s hopes alive to host one of the NCAA Tournament’s 16 regionals. Winning all three remaining series could secure a top-eight seed, solidifying home-field advantage until the College World Series.

Game two of the Civil War is at 2pm, Saturday at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon's Spencer Steer earns the highest praise from OSU coach Bailey

Oregon's Spencer Steer earns the highest praise from OSU coach Bailey

EUGENE- Ducks and Beavers fans lined up to get into a beautiful, buzzing PK Park on Friday night for game one of the Civil War series. The warm sunny evening ended with a 4-1 Oregon loss to rival Oregon State (32-14-1, 18-4 Pac-12).

Oregon (23-23 overall, 8-14) needed a major momentum shift after allowing 54 runs over three games against Arizona last weekend, including 28 runs in a single game… In a way, they got it.

Allowing the Beavers to score four runs off seven hits was a small victory and provided a glimmer of hope. The game featured an outstanding pitching performance from Robert Ahlstrom and defensive gems that earned high praise for third-baseman Spencer Steer.

“Some of the plays Steer made tonight were ridiculous,” said OSU interim coach Pat Bailey. “I told one of (Oregon’s) assistants, ‘that’s the best game I’ve ever seen a third baseman play in my entire coaching career.’ He took probably three or four hits away from us. The last play he made was unbelievable. He’s one of the best players in the Pac-12.”

In his first conference game starting at third base, Steer put on a show. He made four plays worthy of a Sports Center top 10 nod, turning double-plays like it was his job.

The junior went three-for-four and had the Ducks’ lone RBI. Steer started at third base in 2017 and 2018 before moving to shortstop for the first 45 games of this season.

"I don't know if you can do it any better," Oregon coach George Horton said. "He's an unbelievable third baseman, and an unbelievable player...I wish we had more (Spencer Steer's)."

After a season plagued with question marks on the mound, Eugene-native lefty Ahlstrom pitched one of his best games against Oregon State.  After starting the game with a homerun allowed to the first batter and giving up four runs in the first three innings, Ahlstrom pitched five straight scoreless innings.

Pitching into the ninth inning, Ahlstrom allowed three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

"The adrenaline was pumping," Ahlstrom said. "It was an amazing opportunity. I think I let nerves get to me (on the home run), but I settled in."

With postseason eligibility on the line, the Ducks will need to play close to perfect to in their final 10 games. Tonight’s gritty performance showed that Oregon could steal a victory in this series against the defending national champion Beavers.

Game two of the Civil War is at 2pm, Saturday at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon baseball desperately needs momentum shift

Oregon baseball desperately needs momentum shift

With the Civil War baseball series coming up this weekend in Eugene, let’s take a look at the Ducks baseball team so far this season. Oregon needs a momentum shift and they need it quickly.

Record: 23-22 overall, 8-13 Pac-12 Conference

Recent woes: The Ducks have gone 1-9 in their last 10 games, most recently getting swept by Arizona (22-23, 10-14 Pac-12) on the road. Oregon was outscored 54-21 over the three games at Arizona. The 28-7 defeat on Sunday tied UO program history for the most runs given up.

Outlook: After a strong start to the 2019 season, the Ducks’ postseason hopes have wilted. Before dropping three games at Arizona, Oregon was picked among the ‘first five out’ in D1 Baseball’s 2019 field of 64 projections. With 12 games remaining, Oregon would have to be perfect for a major resume boost. Even then, the Ducks could be left out.

Bright spot: Shortstop Spencer Steer is coming off a 3-for-5 performance with an RBI and run scored. It was his 43rd career multi-hit game and team-leading 17th of the season. He also has two grand slams. Earlier this season, Steer set a modern era school record with hits in 18 straight games.

Pac-12 Standings: UO is eighth in the Pac-12, currently behind Washington and ahead of Arizona.

On deck: The Ducks will return home to host Portland Tuesday and then No. 12 Oregon State (31-14-1) this weekend.

DJ Uiagalelei's commitment to commit is silly

DJ Uiagalelei's commitment to commit is silly

The nation's top quarterback prospect has made his decision. Five-star DJ Uiagalelei committed to... well, he's going to keep us guessing for the next five days. 

Oregon and Clemson are in a recruiting battle for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound St. John Bosco (California) athlete who is praised for his out-of-this-world arm strength. He also included Mt. San Antonio College in the mix of his top three schools. 

Side note- is he the only college football player to have Mt. San Antonio College in his top three that also includes the defending national champions?

He took to his Twitter to post a beautifully edited hype video from a Los Angeles agency. The video announced that he will announce his commitment on May 5th (his mom's birthday). 

After the quarterback tweeted on Tuesday night that he would make a "big announcement" on May 1st, I turned my notifications on for his tweets. When I watched his "big announcement" video, I couldn't help but think... Isn't this a little out of control? I know we live in the age of social media and I'm all for the excitement that comes along with football recruiting. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but how many "big announcements" are too many? It's silly in my opinion. Yet, many are all aboard the hype train. And hey, you only commit to a college football program once in your life, right (sarcasm)?

I wonder what Uiagalelei's wedding invitations will be like some day, will he mail a save the date to check your mailbox for your save the date?

The tease comes after Uiagalelei visited Oregon several times, including a recent trip for the spring game where he met former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli, who are two of his favorite college football players. 

It is widely expected that Uiagalelei will committ to the Clemson Tigers. At Clemson, Uiagalelei would be behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence for probably one season while he is groomed to take over the defending national champions upon Lawrence’s likely declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft. At Oregon, Uiagalelei would also enter a primo situation; Quarterback Justin Herbert's departure opens a starting role for the Ducks in 2020, competing against backups Tyler Shough and Cale Millen.

If he chooses Oregon, coach Mario Cristobal will have landed the nation’s No. 1 prospect in back-to-back recruiting classes (defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the nation’s top prospect by ESPN in 2019).

As Uiagalelei would say, STAY TUNED! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING MAY 5!

Dillion Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

Dillion Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

Dillon Mitchell, the highly recruited four-star WR prospect out of Memphis, Tennessee, has been pegged as a “sleeper” in a loaded receiver class but has found a unique niche. The Pac-12 2018 receiving yards leader is eager to make a team and prove he belongs in the NFL, where his goal is to win a Super Bowl.

Mitchell has visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, according to the former Oregon star. 

Coming off of one of the best seasons a Duck has ever had that resulted in an NFL Combine invitation, Mitchell also had formal meetings at the Combine with the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

“It has been great to be invited in and get to be around the place I would be working,” said the Redbox Bowl MVP. “Only surprising aspect would be that as I viewed the NFL facilities, I look back at the Oregon facility as something like Mount Olympus now. Nothing compares to the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. Nothing.”

Mitchell chose to strike while the iron was hot and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft after shattering expectations in 2018, which he describes as a tough decision. Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s advice was if he decided to take his talents to the NFL, go in with a whole heart and don’t let an opportunity slip by… Guidance that Mitchell has taken to heart.

“The whole world is going to eat their words.” Mitchell tweeted on April 12.

UO’s single-season leader in receiving yards said he was referencing his hunger and determination to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. He wants to quiet critics, who list his ball-tracking as a main concern. Mitchell says his agent has told him to prepare for his draft range to be anywhere from first round to undrafted, come April 25-27.

I watched Mitchell show off his electric athleticism by making contested catches away from his frame and at tough angles at Oregon. The chip on his shoulder reminds me of former Ducks basketball star Dillon Brooks; it powers their ability instead of limits it. In my opinion, there is too much for an NFL team to fall in love with for Mitchell to go undrafted.   

Yes, the 2019 receivers group is full of incredible, large athletes who excel in contested catches. The pool of slot players and short-target threats is smaller. Mitchell fits the bill for a variety of team needs, but has been seriously linked to the Cardinals (where he could be catching passes from quarterback prospect and rumored overall No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray).

If it was up to Mitchell’s father, Dillon would be in silver and black next season with the Oakland Radiers. He called his dad is a “top-tier Raiders fan” with a decadent man cave who is considering moving to Las Vegas. Can you imagine Mitchell alongside Antonio Brown in Oakland?

His ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Mitchell checks the box for his frame. His explosive junior season caught a lot of attention, recording 75 catches for 1,184 yards and ten touchdowns.

The pre-draft visits are a huge opportunity for Mitchell to feature his large route tree and how quickly he can process different game scenarios. Naturally soft spoken, Mitchell's interviews could give him the opportunity set himself apart from the other mid-round wide receivers. 

His biggest strength is his versatility: he could play outside, in the slot, or both. His downfield speed serves as both a scorcher on offense and as a potential force in the return game. Mitchell periodically handled return duties, with a long return of 45 yards on a punt return during his rookie season.

The Draft Network said Mitchell is, "sudden as smoke when releasing off the line of scrimmage or attacking would-be tacklers on screens and other quick-hitting plays." Mitchell lands at No. 124 (round four) on the best available prospects list, which would be the Seattle Seahawks' selection.

A strong combine and Oregon pro day performance added buzz and likely raised his draft stock. Mitchell proved his extremely quick ability to accelerate and stretch the field in the 40-yard dash, timing in at 4.46 seconds, the 14th fastest out of 47 receivers who ran. At Oregon’s pro day he recorded a 6.93 second three-cone drill, which would be sixth among 29 wide receivers who ran at the combine.

With his whole heart in it, Mitchell can’t wait to hear his name called.

“I think it will be a different type of feeling that I’ve never felt before,” Mitchell said. "I’ve been holding onto this dream for so long, since I was a kid. And for something to finally happen… I’m not sure what the emotions will be but I’m going to have tears of joy most definitely.”

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.

Twinning with Sabrina Ionescu Pt. 3: "Morale is high" in Tampa Bay

Twinning with Sabrina Ionescu Pt. 3: "Morale is high" in Tampa Bay

Eddy Ionescu, Sabrina's twin brother, takes fans along in his journey to Oregon’s first Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, Florida through videos and photos on NBC Sports Northwest’s Instagram and Twitter.

"There are Duck fans literally everywhere," Eddy said. "On the plane with me, all around here! Morale is super high."

Eddy booked his return flight to Eugene, Oregon on Monday, in confidence in his sister and the Ducks. 

After transferring from City College of San Francisco,  Eddy is now Sabrina’s roommate in Eugene. Eddy stands at 6-foot-5, six inches taller than his sister and 18 minutes younger. The shooting guard hopes to walk on the Ducks men’s basketball team, loves Oregon already and thought it would rain more in Eugene. Of course, the two hoopers live a stone’s throw away from Matthew Knight Arena.

Eddy’s unique perspective gives incredible insight into Sabrina’s past as a first-generation Romanian and future, as she weighs the decision to go professional or not.

In part one of this series, we get to know Sabrina through her twin’s eyes via rapid fire questions.

In part two, Eddy helps answer the question "what's next for Sabrina?"