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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