Recruiting Update: Pair of 5-Star Hoopsters have serious Oregon Interest

Basketball Recruiting

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PF Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150)

It was reported last week that power forward Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150) holds Dana Altman and Oregon in high regard. That esteem may be rising with Gordon’s recent announcement that he intends to officially visit the Ducks. “I like the coach there, Dana Altman, because he is a great coach who knows a lot about the game and gets a lot out of his players,” said Gordon. “I also like the facilities as well. They have a very nice arena. Plus there is the Nike factor and being they are in Nike Town, I think it would help me after college get my exposure out there. I know I will officially be visiting Oregon.”

AAU connections with incoming Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis (4-Star/Las Vegas, NV/Rivals150) may provide the Ducks another means to land the 6’8″ Gordon. “I’ve been talking a lot with (Artis), about Oregon and how he likes it. I’ll be making sure to see how well he plays and how the Ducks play and such.”

Simply put, Gordon is a program-changing player due to his athleticism and almost a seamless ability to play tough off the block and step out behind the arc on the fly. Teamed up with Artis, Gordon could help elevate the Ducks to even greater heights.

Another phenom with heavy Oregon interest, shooting guard Jabari Bird (5-Star/Richmond, CA/Rivals150) could complete an “Oregon Big-Three” if all goes the Ducks’ way along the recruiting flight path. Bird shared the uniform of vaunted summer squad Oakland Soldiers with the aforementioned Gordon and Artis and is thought to be serious about playing with his hardwood friends in college. “I am going to be visiting… (Oregon) here in a couple of weeks,” said Bird. The 6’5″ scorer will be in Eugene on September 22nd and will announce a program choice sometime in the spring of 2013.

Football Recruiting

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“Tailback-U” features prominently on Southeast runner Alvin Kamara’s (4-Star/Norcross, GA/Rivals250) shortlist. A 5’10”, 192 lb. speedster who has the ability to run between the tackles, Kamara bears a skill set that could see him donning one of Oregon’s newest uniforms. (Be sure to check out today’s Oregon Nike threads announcement!)Oregon, for the type of (running) back I am, their running backs do the same thing,” said Kamara. “They catch the ball out of the backfield and line up in the slot. They’re kind of quick guys, shifty guys. I feel like I’d fit in that offense.”

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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who is currently attending Paramedic School. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is an Oregon Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback.Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!"Twitter: @MarkDFlores