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.