One Duck in Pac-12’s Top 12…

Oregon's struggle without Artis and 11+ points per game give Artis a case for the Top-12

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Oregon’s struggle without Artis and 11+ points per game give Artis a case for the Top-12.

I’m not going to be that guy to sit here and yap on about how Oregon basketball was talented this season and performed to expectations.  Coming into the season there were arguably no go-to guys – EJ Singler being the clear veteran scorer, though – and the Ducks clearly made it further than we all expected.  Oregon played superior team basketball this year, distributing the ball to the hot shooter and getting each player on the court touches.  But I truly disagree with Arsalan Kazemi as the only player from the Ducks to break the top-12 players of the season.

First of all I have a man-crush on Kazemi, but it wouldn’t take a 5-year-old to tell you he wasn’t even a top-3 scorer for the Ducks this season.  Sure, his drive, tenacity and sheer work ethic earned him nearly a double-double average this season, but I would argue he may not have even been the best player on the Oregon squad.

Kazemi had a great year, but his offensive ability has a lot of question marks.

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Kazemi had a great year, but his offensive ability has a lot of question marks.


Take into account overall play, points-per-game and the eyeball test, and I think you could argue Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson deserve to be in the top-12 just as much as Kazemi.  Considering Artis’ record as a starter and Dotson’s countless clutch late-game shots, leaving Dotson and Artis off the list is a travishamockery when you look through the statistics.

No player on the Ducks averaged more than 12 points per game, and Kazemi’s lack of offensive polish makes him a surprise pick.  While I don’t know if there is a player in the country who doesn’t admire his game, I just don’t think Kazemi is better than Dominic Artis or Damyean Dotson.

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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

  • I disagree completely. Kazemi brought us defense, rebounding, and toughness down low, that we ordinarily have not had in years. Artis was solid, but I think Jonathon was playing really crappy in late January when he had to start. I thought DD was very good for us, but was more of a first half player. I look forward to DD being our leader in 2013-14.

  • Don Smalley

    It’s difficult to compare Artis, DD and Kazemi to each other because they are such different types of players expected to do such different things for the team. Artis was hurt by missing so much time and DD was inconsistent from game to game, from half to half, which is something I believe he will work on and fix and that’s exciting. Also, instead of saying “when you look through the stats”, give me the stats to further your argument. :)