Oregon Men’s Basketball Signs ESPN Top-100 Recruit

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Information was released yesterday that the University of Oregon just signed one of ESPN’s top 100 recruits for the 2015-2016 men’s basketball season to a National Letter of Intent. According to an article on GoDucks.com, Men’s Basketball Signs Top 100 Recruit, Kendall Small from Anaheim, California will be a Duck soon.

The 6″ 170 pound point guard is an exciting recruit for the Duck men’s basketball team and head coach Dana Altman said, “It’s always nice when you can bring a player of Kendall’s caliber into your program.” Small’s stats for his junior season are very impressive and from what I can tell he is a very dedicated and hard worker. Just the kind of athletes we want as Ducks!

In his junior season Small had 21.1 points per game and averaged 5.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.4 steals per game. I took the liberty of searching Small on YouTube to see for myself what this young man is really about and let me tell you, he is about it. He is ranked 84th in ESPN’S Top-100 for the class of 2015 and is given four stars.

Screenshot of Kendall Smalls BallisLife mixed tape.

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Screenshot of Kendall Small’s BallisLife mixed tape.

From the footage I have researched of Small’s play, he is quick and smart. He see’s the court well, leads his team and plays for his team. Not to mention he has a mean spin move that crosses up his opponents ankles on a regular basis. It’s not often that we see point guards that can drive to the hole the way Small does and I think the vibe that he will bring to the team next year will be good. Especially considering how many new faces the Ducks already have this year, if they can figure out their communication and chemistry with one another to run the ball well and play strong defense, they’ll be a far-more-feared team in the league.

The Ducks have an entire season ahead of them here — as does Small – which leaves so much room for everyone to improve their game. I can’t wait to see what this young recruit will contribute to Duck basketball next year.

Top Photo Screenshot from BallisLife mixed tape 

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McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.