Transfer U makes another late splash


Kevin Cline

Similar to last year, Oregon and Coach Dana Altman have again landed a late transfer, which could pay dividends when the season begins. Last year, they snagged Arsalan Kazemi from Rice in late September, and this helped propel the Ducks to a Sweet 16 appearance.  This year, Oregon has landed 6′ 2″ shooting guard Jason Calliste from the Detroit Titans.  In his final season there, he averaged 14.4 points (including 73 three pointers), 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.  Calliste took the Ducks’ final scholarship after the NCAA declared Brazilian Cristiano Felicio ineligible. 

With this abundance of guards, Coach Altman will have the opportunity to run more three-guard sets, help stretch the defense and allow his offense to push the tempo with even more fast breaks.  It will be interesting to see if this change in personnel forces Altman to adjust both his offensive and defensive game plans to cater to his number of guards.

Last season, Kazemi burst onto the scene in Eugene and provided the team with countless rebounds and plenty of energy on the court.  Today, Kazemi’s hard work has paid off.  After being drafted in the second round by the Washington Wizards, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.  Let’s hope another late transfer will do the same by helping the Ducks compete in a tough PAC-12 conference and make a deeper run in the tournament.


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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • Weston

    “Gone is the core of the defense that held Oregon to 45 points last year.” As a Duck fan since the days of Fouts, I just love seeing sentences like that. How the times have changed! GO Ducks!

  • patohondo

    Woof! Soon to be 12