Altman Snares a Juco Athlete: Sorry Huskies
Jalil Abdul-Bassit from North Idaho College committed to the University of Oregon basketball team on Sunday. Jalil is a 6’4″ machine who turned down offers from Washington and Utah to become a part of the Quack Attack. Most likely he will end up at shooting guard, and sources tell 247sports that the coaches love Abdul-Bassit’s athleticism and outside shooting ability. Altman loves mixing in experienced college players with his high school recruits; this is the kind of glue that has helped the basketball team soar to unexpected heights this season.
Kazemi, Woods, Austin, and Emory are all a part of the Ducks’ squad after starting out their college careers elsewhere. Austin was a Juco All-American before lacing up his Air-Duck sneakers this season. Kazemi led the NCAA in rebounds last year playing for Rice University. Woods and Emory transferred before last season and had an immediate impact, adding much needed size and athleticism to a young Oregon roster. As the Oregon coach, Altman has made a living convincing transfers and Juco players to give the Ducks their talents. Look for Jalil Abdul-Bassit to mesh with the players during the summer and vie for a starting spot with the departures of Emory, Woods, and Singler.