Recruiting Update: Nation’s Top Forward Re-Adds Oregon

Basketball Recruiting

Commitments

F/G Jalil Abdul-Bassit (NR/Coeur D’Alene,ID)

Behind the hysteria that came about over the last week, Head Coach Dana Altman secured the commitment of forward/guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (NR/Coeur d’Alene, ID). Originally from Alaska, Abdul-Bassit is in the midst of his second year in the college ranks at the JC level. A 6’4″, 195 lb. tweener, Abdul-Bassit has ability to get to the basket and yet make defenses pay from behind the arc. “Oregon says they like how I am a slasher but I am also a really good shooter,” said Abdul-Bassit. “They lose (E.J.) Singler and (Carlos) Emory next year and I just feel like I can fit in and replace what they do on the wing and work with Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson…” Altman’s plucking of diamonds in the rough is becoming a noticed skill as former transfers Olu Ashaolu, Devoe Joseph, and current big man Waverly Austin have only added to our up and coming program.

News

Superfreak Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150) re-added Oregon to his final program list and will decide on a destination this coming spring. “I am now reconsidering Oregon,” said Gordon. “(Oregon’s) recent success and how good their freshman class is …played a factor for me.” Gordon’s AAU teammate and current Oregon starter, Artis, continues to be a factor in the 6’8″, 205 lb. small forward’s recruitment. Artis played host during Gordon’s visit to Eugene last September and appears to keep a line open with his friend, providing Altman & Co. and an inside track to land the West Coast’s top player, stay tuned!

Football Recruiting

The Casanova Center’s fax machine can’t warm up fast enough. Signing day is here and the endless waiting game is over.

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Mark Flores

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