Behind the hysteria that came about over the last week, Head Coach Dana Altman secured the commitment of forward/guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (NR/Coeur d’Alene, ID). Originally from Alaska, Abdul-Bassit is in the midst of his second year in the college ranks at the JC level. A 6’4″, 195 lb. tweener, Abdul-Bassit has ability to get to the basket and yet make defenses pay from behind the arc. “Oregon says they like how I am a slasher but I am also a really good shooter,” said Abdul-Bassit. “They lose (E.J.) Singler and (Carlos) Emory next year and I just feel like I can fit in and replace what they do on the wing and work with Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson…” Altman’s plucking of diamonds in the rough is becoming a noticed skill as former transfers Olu Ashaolu, Devoe Joseph, and current big man Waverly Austin have only added to our up and coming program.
Superfreak Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150) re-added Oregon to his final program list and will decide on a destination this coming spring. “I am now reconsidering Oregon,” said Gordon. “(Oregon’s) recent success and how good their freshman class is …played a factor for me.” Gordon’s AAU teammate and current Oregon starter, Artis, continues to be a factor in the 6’8″, 205 lb. small forward’s recruitment. Artis played host during Gordon’s visit to Eugene last September and appears to keep a line open with his friend, providing Altman & Co. and an inside track to land the West Coast’s top player, stay tuned!
The Casanova Center’s fax machine can’t warm up fast enough. Signing day is here and the endless waiting game is over.
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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks fan. Prior to the fire service, Flores, a graduate of nearby Corban University, spent over seven years in professional journalism including a stint at the Statesman Journal in Salem and held the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban). A career transition however never dampened his love of writing and FishDuck is now his source to share his love of Mighty Oregon. Flores brings detailed knowledge of Oregon recruiting to the FishDuck team and welcomes your feedback.
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