Recruiting Update: Oregon Lands JUCO Player of the Year

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Basketball Recruiting


A prevailing trend of incoming transfers could readily describe Dana Altman‘s tenure at Oregon. Just a few breaths since the monumental landing of point guard Tyler Ennis (T/Brampton, ON), a new face has emerged in the low post.

National Junior College Player of the Year, center Chris Boucher (T/Powell, WY), is headed to the confines of Matthew Knight Arena.

After an official visit this past Friday, Boucher made his thoughts on Eugene official and committed to joining Oregon in 2015-2016.

[Boucher] was really looking for a style of play that fit what he did best,” said Igor Rwigema, Boucher’s coach at Thetford Academy in Quebec. “… Oregon wants to get him up and down the court quickly and use him in a lot of ways. I think that really stood out for him.”

At 6’10”, 200 lbs., Boucher makes-up for a lack of bulk with the ability to step out of the post, knock down a smooth jumper and move the ball in transition. On defense, once settled in the half-court game, Boucher is not afraid to move inside and create havoc on opposing offenses — averaging more than 5 blocks per game in the JUCO ranks.

“[Boucher] plays similar to how Kevin Durant plays. He can pick and pop, but he can go on the block. On defense he blocks a lot of shots and defends well. I think that style can translate over to where Oregon is going.”

Boucher is expected to sign an official letter of intent sometime next week and begin his Oregon career on June 22nd.

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Mark Flores

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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores