The Oregon basketball squad relied heavily on upperclassmen this year, but the freshmen paved the way for the future. PF Ben Carter, PG Dominic Artis and SG/SF Damyean Dotson proved Dana Altman can find a player in just about anybody. Junior college players, transfers and good ol’ high school recruits all seem magnetized to Altman and the Ducks as the Ducks continue to raise the bar each year. EJ Singler, Tony Woods, Carlos Emory and Arsalan Kazemi will be playing their final collegiate games in the near future but the future is bright in the hands of the freshmen.
Relatively unknown to Duck fans are the freshmen who didn’t see much or any action this season. Willie Moore got valuable minutes off the bench as a freshman this year, but not until Artis went out with a foot injury. It is obvious that Moore isn’t quite the same level as the Big 3. Fred Richardson got backup minutes during the non-conference schedule and managed to slip into one Pac-12 game. Richardson will surely get more time next year with the loss of four seniors. Arik Armstead redshirted this year, a fact that he is not very happy about. Armstead is a 6’9″ 300 pound freshman defensive end who also has the skills on the hardwood and if he can get into basketball shape next year, look for Armstead to mimic the style of Joe Burton of Oregon State.
Oregon basketball will never pull in top-10 classes to rival UCLA and Kentucky, but Altman can find a player, and he did so in this year’s freshman class. Artis was arguably our most consistent player and Dotson is easily the Duck’s best shooter. Ben Carter proved to be a hard worker with a ton of upside, while the rest still have plenty of time to get their feet wet. Ducks’ basketball is bright - blinding even.