The Oregon men’s program had yet to pick up a commit in this recruiting cycle, but that changed Friday with a commitment from Jalen Terry. Terry is a four-star point guard out of Mount Morris, Michigan.
Oregon went in as the favorite, but LSU and Louisville were also viewed as real threats.
— JT🦅 (@JalenTerry) January 17, 2020
Jalen Terry is Coming to Oregon
This is a massive pickup by Dana Altman and his staff. After not signing any recruits in the early signing period, they really needed to get someone to commit.
This is also going to be a position Oregon will need going into next season.
Will Richardson has shown that he can be a starting-level point guard. However, Payton Pritchard is going to be gone next season, and after he has started over 100 straight games, that will leave a gaping hole in the starting backcourt.
247 Sports has Terry ranked as the seventh-best point guard in this recruiting class, and the tenth in the composite rankings.
His scouting report notes his lack of elite size but talks about how he’s able to counter that. He has extreme quickness and is a top-notch ball-handler, which enables him to penetrate.
If you’ve watched this program, you know how dangerous Altman’s offense can be when there’s a point guard that can get in the paint.
He also takes that quickness to the defensive side, where he is able to get steals at a high rate.
What This Pickup Means
This is massive. Oregon needed to get a commit for this class and Jalen Terry is a great place to start.
It’s hard to know how many spots will be open on the roster for next season. Pritchard will be gone, as will Shakur Juiston, and Anthony Mathis. Those are the for sure departures as seniors. However, it’s college basketball so seeing more departures than just that wouldn’t be surprising at all.
Dana Altman and his staff are going to need to stay busy on the recruiting trail trying to get a start on next season’s roster.
There will also likely be grad transfers added to the roster and Eric Williams Jr., and Eugene Omoruyi will be eligible after sitting out this season as transfers.
Expect the recruiting news around the men’s basketball program to continue to increase as the conference season goes along and then right after the season ends.
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