#16 Oregon Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Oregon Ducks
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #16
Conference Rank: #1 Pac-12
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Oregon missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after a disappointing 23-13 season in 2017-18. The Ducks had won 30 games in back-to-back seasons and made the Final Four in 2017, so last year was quite a setback for Dana Altman’s squad. However, Altman rebounded strong with this year’s recruiting class by securing top-five recruit Bol Bol along with four other top-100 prospects. Experienced point guard Payton Pritchard is also back along with talented big man Kenny Wooten giving the Ducks hopes for a strong bounce-back 2018-19 season.
2017-18 Record: 23-13, 10-8
2017-18 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Dana Altman
Coach Record: 209-83 at Oregon, 617-326 overall
Key Departed Players:
Elijah Brown, Guard, 13.6 ppg
MiKyle McIntosh, Forward, 11.8 ppg
Troy Brown, Forward, 11.3 ppg
Roman Sorkin, Forward, 2.9 ppg

Keith Smith, Forward, 1.9 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Payton Pritchard, Junior, Guard, 14.5 ppg
Paul White, Senior, Forward, 9.4 ppg

Victor Bailey Jr., Sophomore, Guard, 6.7 ppg
Kenny Wooten, Sophomore, Forward, 6.4 ppg
Abu Kigab, Sophomore, Forward, 1.6 ppg
Key New Players:
Ehab Amin, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Bol Bol, Freshman, Center
Louis King, Freshman, Forward
Miles Norris, Freshman, Forward
Francis Okoro, Freshman, Forward
Will Richardson, Freshman, Guard
Payton Pritchard was the lone rotation player leftover from Oregon’s Final Four team in 2017 and he proceeded to lead the Ducks in scoring and assists as a sophomore. Pritchard made the All-Pac-12 Second Team behind 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Paul White and Kenny Wooten split time starting at center last season and both return for 2018-19. Wooten flirted with entering the NBA Draft, but the skilled big man who averaged 2.6 blocks per game decided to return to Oregon to improve his all-around game. Victor Bailey and Abu Kigab are the lone other returning players from last year. The incoming freshmen class is the reason Oregon finds themselves ranked so high in the preseason. Dana Altman has brought in five top-100 recruits, headlined by five-star center Bol Bol. Louis King is a five-star prospect as well, while Will Richardson, Francis Okoro and Miles Norris are all four-stars. All five players should make instant impacts, but the hype around Bol is unmatched as a 7-2 beast who has three-point range. King is a big 6-9 forward with one-and-done potential as well. The Ducks also add transfer Ehab Amin who averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.4 steals in his junior season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Oregon should have no trouble getting back to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 as they look to be back to contending for a Pac-12 Championship this season.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA Tournament
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 78.3 (65th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 72.4 (175, 5)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.8 (121, 9)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.3 (143, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.0 (61, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.7 (139, 9)
Free-Throw Percentage: 76.3 (29, 1)
Rebound Margin: 3.0 (79, 4)
Assists Per Game: 15.4 (58, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.1 (101, 4)
Madness 2019 NBA Draft Rankings:
#11 Bol Bol
#20 Louis King
#36 Kenny Wooten
Madness 2018 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#4 Bol Bol
#17 Louis King
#40 Will Richardson
#67 Miles Norris