Loyd’s Confidence Soaring


Johnathan Loyd is playing basketball planes above Duck fans’ expectations.  Averaging 4.1 points on the season, Loyd exploded over the last two games, bringing Oregon basketball back up to the level it was in early conference play.  Shooting 10-17 (59%) and averaging 13.5 points per game against Stanford and Oregon State, Loyd has given fans - and Loyd himself - a glimpse at his potential.

Loyd’s play sparked big runs against both Stanford and Oregon State.

Heavily scrutinized and under the microscope of the Duck basketball community, Loyd is playing first-class basketball.  In addition to his 59% shooting over the past two games, Loyd also produced 12 assists and seven steals.  Previously overshadowed by the consistent play of starting freshman point guard Dominic Artis, Loyd has proven to himself to be a capable college level point guard by stepping up his play during Artis’ extended injury timeout.  His speed is second to none.  And when making snap decisions on the court Loyd can be unpredictable, leaving defenses with an insurmountable task of containing the Ducks’ offense.

The loss of Artis momentarily appeared to be a detriment to the season.  Loyd has elevated his play to a career-high echelon and shows no signs of stagnant play.  If Artis can get healthy and Loyd can continue playing superb basketball, the Ducks will be a force in the conference tournament and March Madness.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

  • David Prange

    Nice piece, Brandon. Nice to see so many UO students and “students of the game” contribute to this excellent Duck Fan Favorite web site.