Oregon Ducks 2019-2020 Overview
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Payton Pritchard
SG: Chris Duarte
SF: Anthony Mathis
PF: CJ Walker
C: Shakur Juiston
*Opening day starters
Key Additions: N’Faly Dante, CJ Walker, Addison Patterson, Chandler Lawson, Shakur Juiston, Chris Duarte, Anthony Mathis
Key Losses: Bol Bol, Kenny Wooten, Victor Bailey Jr., Paul White, Louis King, Ehab Amin
Season Ceiling: 30-7 (PAC 12 Conference and Tournament Champions, Final Four)
Season Floor: 22-15 (NCAA First Round Exit)
Make or Break Player: Payton Pritchard
Payton Pritchard is returning to Eugene after testing the NBA waters. Pritchard is one of the best players in the nation and Oregon will go where he takes them. I know this might seem like the obvious answer, but it’s the right one. If Pritchard doesn’t live up to the PAC 12 POY expectations, the ducks won’t be able to compete for a PAC 12 title. Pritchard will be expected to do it all this year from scoring to defending to leading the team. Oregon’s season lies on the back of their star point guard, Payton Pritchard.
Season Preview Recap:
The ducks head into the season ranked 15th in the nation and bring in a top 5 recruiting class led by 5 stars N’Faly Dante and CJ Walker as well as 4 stars Addison Patterson and Chandler Lawson. They will be led by PAC 12 POY favorite Payton Pritchard. Although they lost some key contributors to the NBA they are still looking to make a deep run and and have the talent to do so.
Freshman star N’Faly Dante won’t be eligible to play the first 9 games of the season due to the NCAA missing the clearance date. When he returns, the guard/big man duo of Pritchard and Dante will be lethal. With Pritchard running the backcourt and Dante running the frontcourt, teams are going to have a problem stopping them. The Ducks first real test will come on November 12 when they take on Memphis and the top rated recruiting class in the Phil Knight Invitational. This team is only going to get better as the year goes on. The young players will step up and start to emerge as they gain experience. Coach Dana Altman always seems to have his team playing their best ball at the end of the season. The veteran experience of Pritchard combined with the talent of the young freshman make this a very dangerous team come tourney time.