After losing four major pieces to the puzzle, the Ducks basketball team has gone from a depleted roster to one that contains a plethora of talent. Two of the players who were lost are NBA 76ers draft pick Arsalan Kazemi and TrailBlazers pickup EJ Singler. The talent lost seemed to be a major blow just a couple of months ago, but now it looks like this team has fully recovered.
Oregon has landed yet another transfer in Joseph Young, this time coming from the University of Houston. We are witnessing something rare in D1 college basketball, a team rebuilding through transfers, not recruitment. The Ducks have just acquired their fourth transfer for next season and are beginning to make it a yearly routine.
Young will be a redshirt junior and hopes to be granted the right to play the upcoming season from the NCAA. The talented 6″3′ shooting guard opted to leave Houston when his father, who worked for Houston’s basketball program, was demoted and ended up quitting instead.
Young, a former top 100 recruit, led the Cougars with 18 ppg and was a vital piece to their twenty win season. An area the Ducks team lacks is three-point shooting, and this is where Young can contribute in a huge way. His shooting ability with range – highlighted by his mark of 42 % from three point territory posted last season – is exactly what this team needs.
If Young is eligible to play next season, the Ducks should be in for another great ride through the NCAA tournament. He would likely receive big playing time and could potentially start alongside guards Dotson and Artis. He would be able to stretch the defense and help balance the offensive attack.