Dana Altman has had to do a lot of shuffling with his roster this offseason after the decisions to transfer by Miles Norris and Victor Bailey Jr. and the surprise decision to stay in the NBA Draft by Kenny Wooten. He was able to do a little of that by picking up New Mexico grad transfer Anthony Mathis who wanted to come home to play his final season of college hoops and is someone who should really help out the Ducks on the perimeter.
They also added Eric Williams Jr. earlier this offseason from Duquesne, but he won’t be able to help out this season as he has only played two years of college basketball and will more than likely be a sit-one-play-two transfer, but then yesterday they added another transfer that is likely going to have to sit out this season but should really help out the program going forward and that was Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi.
Even though he more than likely can’t help out the team this season this is still a really nice pickup for the overall strength of the program. Omoruyi is coming off of a breakout season at Rutgers that saw him average 13.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also a good and willing passer and last season was the first time he started to show the threat of a three-pointer in his arsenal. He wasn’t great only making 14/45 (31.1%) from deep, but the 45 attempts is notable because in his first two seasons in college he only attempted 16 threes and he didn’t make any.
With him more than likely having a full season to adapt to the program and work with the coaching staff to tune in his skill set even more, I expect him to be a very formidable three-point shooter by the time he is eligible to play. Of course with the NCAA that could be this season because they can be random in handing out waivers, but more than likely it looks like he will be eligible to suit up for Oregon in the 2020-21 season.
While this will help Oregon in the long run expect them to still be linked to some more players in the transfer portal that will be eligible this season. They are looking at being pretty thin this season the way the roster currently shakes out.
They will still have Payton Pritchard to go with returning players Will Richardson and Francis Okoro, who came on strong in their run to the tournament. They will also be adding four/five-star recruit depending where you look C.J. Walker, four-star forward Chandler Lawson, the top junior college player in the nation Chris Duarte and then of course New Mexico transfer Anthony Mathis.
This Oregon team will have talent on it, but they still need a few more bodies in my opinion to be a team that could win some tournament games and if they want to find themselves as a top-25 or fringe top-25 team this upcoming season they will need guys like Will Richardson and Okoro to take the next step and they will need Pritchard to play the way he did down the stretch.
I don’t expect Oregon to be done making moves this offseason.
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