Dana Altman already had the Oregon basketball program in a good spot over the next two seasons with the amount of players set to return off of last seasons Pac-12 championship squad, and now he has set that ceiling of this program even higher over the next couple of seasons with former St. John’s guard LJ Figueroa announcing that he will be transferring to Oregon.
Figueroa originally put his name in the NBA Draft, but in May decided to take his name out and enter it into the transfer portal.
Over the past two seasons at St. John’s Figueroa has been one of the top players in the Big East, averaging 14.5 points per game while grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game as a guard standing at 6’6″. On top of that he’s also shot 37.3 percent from behind the three-point line while making over 120 of them in the last two seasons.
Figueroa also took his defense to the next level last season and if he continues on that trajectory defensively with his size and a system at Oregon that enables guards to be aggressive on the perimeter, he should be a great fit on both ends of the floor.
As of now Figueroa will have to sit out the upcoming season and will have one more season to play in 2021-22, but it’s possible that he can receive a waiver from the NCAA and be a key piece of Oregon’s team this upcoming season.
If he were to be eligible this upcoming season he would more than likely be a starter and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Oregon picked to win the Pac-12.
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