Recruiting Update: Duck Signee Terrorizes Rim

Basketball Recruiting


PF Jordan Bell (4-Star/Long Beach, CA/Rivals150)

Over the holidays, the City of Palms Classic bore witness to a thunderous display of power by Oregon signee Jordan Bell (4-Star/Long Beach, CA/Rivals150).  After tipping a defensive rebound, Bell got on the break and brought all in attendance to their feet with a thunderous windmill dunk, snapping the rim in the process.

Called an “absolute stud of an athlete (with) a big time motor” by AAU Coach Etop Udo-Ema, Bell’s 6’7″, 200 lb. frame and the ability to guard every position will make him a versatile commodity for Head Coach Dana Altman.  Bell became Oregon’s first signed commit on November 17th and will be joined by fellow signees A.J. Lapray (3-Star/Salem, OR), Cristiano Felicio (NR/Sacramento, CA), and solid verbal twin tandem Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (3-Star(s)/San Diego, CA/Rivals150).

Football Recruiting


Played this coming Friday, the Semper Fi All-American Bowl could produce Oregon commitments with key prospects making program announcements.  One such prep, tight end Thomas Duarte (4-Star/Santa Ana, CA/Rivals250) indicated that “I love everything about Oregon, their tempo, their mentality about winning all the time.” A 6’4″, 225 lb. athlete who can play multiple positions, Duarte’s skills could set him in the mold of current tight end Colt Lyerla along with the potential to see time on the defensive side of the ball.

According to committed-elsewhere runner Trevorris Johnson (3-Star/Houston, TX), Oregon is in the hunt for a “bigger” back to balance a speed-laced backfield class that includes Thomas Tyner (5-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals#4RB) and Dontre Wilson (4-Star/DeSoto, TX).  ”Oregon is recruiting me a little now,” said Johnson. “I would like to take a visit and see what they are about… I’d definitely give them a look if things pick up.”  Standing 6’0″, 215 lbs., Johnson matches speed (4.5/40) with bruising power to find lanes through blockers on his way to pay dirt.

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a 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