Dana Altman has the Duck basketballers moving in the right direction for their 2013 campaign. The fourth year coach has worked relentlessly this offseason to replenish a team that’s losing key parts from to their Sweet 16 squad. It’s time to look into what’s in store next season with Altman’s recruiting class.
Topping the list is Jordan Bell, an ESPN 100 Power Forward and a scavenger on the boards. He is expected to replace the rebounding of departing big men Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods. Bell doesn’t thrive on offense but he runs the court well and will fit into the Ducks’ offense nicely.
6’8″ UNLV transfer Mike Moser is expected to be a significant contributor. From Portland, the senior averaged only 7.1 points per-game last season but in 2012, Moser averaged a double-double with 14.1/10.5.
Transfer Elgin Cook, son of former NBA all-star Alvin Robinson, and Jalil Abdul-Bassit will compete to start at small forward. Both are first-team performers but they offer different skill sets which adds diversity within the offense. Abdul-Bassit shoots very well from behind the arc. Cook plays bigger; the 6’6 sophomore averaged 14.9/6.0 as a freshman at Northwest Florida State.
A.J. Lapray will also fit into the small forward-shooting guard role. The 6’5″ wing from Salem thrives in transition and will be a good sub for Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis at guard.
The Robinson Twins, Tyree and Tyrell, are also expected to join the 2013-1024 team. The football recruits bring in explosive athletic ability to the offense and depth that is always needed with Altman’s defensive pressure.
All told, it was a good off-season for the former PAC-12 Coach of the Year. It needs to be for the Ducks to defend their PAC-12 banner.