Oregon basketball brings in a loaded transfer class ready to compete in the Pac 12 and possibly secure a title in Eugene.
De’Vion Harmon, Quincy Guerrier and Jacob Young combined for about 41 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists per game during their seasons with Oklahoma, Syracuse and Rutgers last year. Now they’ll don Ducks uniforms and team up with Will Richardson, Eric Williams Jr. and super freshman Nate Bittle on a loaded Oregon basketball squad.
De’Vion Harmon has been named to the 2022 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list.
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) October 19, 2021
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PG: Will Richardson (6-5, 180, Sr.)
2021 stats: 11.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 40.3 3P%
Projected stats: 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 38.5 3P%
SG: De’Vion Harmon (6-2, 198, Jr.)
2021 stats: 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 33.0 3P% (Oklahoma)
Projected stats: 11.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 33.6 3P%
SF: Eric Williams Jr. (6-7, 200, Rs.-Sr.)
2021 stats: 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 34.8 3P%
Projected stats: 9.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 35.2 3P%
PF: Quincy Guerrier (6-8, 220, Jr.)
2021 stats: 13.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 31.1 3P% (Syracuse)
Projected stats: 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals, 34.7 3P%
C: Nate Bittle (7-0, 215, Fr.)
247Sports #27 overall rated recruit
Projected stats: 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks
6: Jacob Young (6-3, 185, Rs.-Sr.)
2021 stats: 14.1 points, 3.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 36.9 3P% (Rutgers)
Projected stats: 9.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 37.3 3P%
7: Franck Kepnang (6-11, 225, So.)
2021 stats: 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks
Projected stats: 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks
8: Lök Wur (6-9, 200, Rs.-So.)
2021 stats: 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, 5.5 minutes, 11 GP
Projected stats: 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 blocks
9: Rivaldo Soares (6-6, 205, Jr.)
2021 stats: 15.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 33.3 3P% (South Plains College)
Projected stats: 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 32.0 3P%
10: Isaac Johnson (7-0, 225, Fr.)
247Sports 4-star rated recruit
Projected stats: 3.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 blocks
TBD: N’Faly Dante (6-11, 230, Jr.)
2021 stats: 8.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks, 65.6 FG%, 6 GP
Projected stats (if healthy): 6.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals, 62.7 FG%
Team MVP: Quincy Guerrier
The Syracuse transfer has an outsider’s shot to be the best player for Oregon basketball this season. Guerrier put up those numbers while sharing the floor with Buddy Boeheim and a few other ball-dominant guards. One more year in the college ranks and with a team that can utilize him even more should put Guerrier right in a position to have double-doubles every game.
Will Richardson has been Oregon’s most consistent asset, but Guerrier is the new and proven kid on the block. He has the tools to fit in quite perfectly on this Ducks roster and will be in play for the Pac 12 first team.
Make or Break Player: N’Faly Dante
Dante is reportedly still a few weeks away from returning to the court. However, if and when he does so consistently healthy, he’s always been a prospect that can become a game-changer.
The 7-footer has a few other giants in his way on the depth chart, but one has to think that Dante still has enough skill to be one of the first players off the bench. He would also solidify Oregon basketball as having far and away the best centers in the nation, alongside Bittle, Kepnang and Johnson.
Bench Rating: 7/10
If Dante is healthy it changes things, but even without him to start, having Young, the transfer from Rutgers, as a sixth man has got to be one of the biggest pluses for this Oregon basketball team. Young could very well be a starter, but there are only five spots on the court at once, so I like him as the first guy off the bench and perhaps a closer at the end of games.
The rest of the Ducks bench is filled with power forwards and centers, so it is unnerving with the lack of another guard or even wing player. However, Young can play multiple positions and I have to think that one through six won’t be leaving the court all too often.
Analytic to Know: Blocks Per Game
Oregon basketball was 101st in the country in blocks per game last season. The additions of Bittle, Guerrier and Johnson will easily bring that average close to 5.0 which should put the Ducks inside the top 50. Depending on if Dante is set to play could also raise this and make Oregon one of the tallest and most feared teams inside.
This team can score, defend, block shots, rebound and play interchangeably. That’s just about everything a coach in Dana Altman could want and there’s no reason why Oregon basketball can’t ride it all the way to a national championship.
The Ducks open up with Texas Southern before playing SMU just a few days later. After that, they’ll play BYU, compete in the Maui Invitational and host Baylor in what could be a top ten matchup in mid-December.
I like Oregon to win close to 30 games and be one of the few teams that can seriously win the title this year. They’re one guard away from being the most solidified and complete team in college basketball, but beggars can’t be choosers, especially with the starting lineup the Ducks have.