Dana Altman is making a living in Eugene by bringing in top tier, seasoned talent. In his time at Oregon, Altman has already landed transfers Carlos Emory, Tony Woods, Devoe Joseph and Arsalan Kazemi. Players have taken note of Altman’s ability to incorporate and make the most out of transfers, even if he only has them for a year. Mike Moser, a Portland, Oregon product who began his career at UCLA before transferring to UNLV, committed to the Ducks this week. Memphis transfer Tarik Black is also looking at the flock, having visited Eugene this week.
Altman is doing it again. Everyone is going to write off the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 and March Madness scene because of key losses, but Altman has brought in a former honorable mention All-American in Moser and a much needed big body in Black. The Ducks haven’t had the same success recruiting high school as they have college players, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Altman has received his fair share of criticism for running his team this way, but it really isn’t by choice. Bruce Barron and Jabari Brown transferred half-way into non-conference games, and Austin Kuemper announced this week that he’s leaving the program. Altman is turning water into wine. If he wasn’t able to land the transfers he has over the last few season, the Ducks very well could be in the exact same spot they were a few years back: 12.