#40 Oregon Men's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

Oregon Ducks
2019-2020 Overall Rank: #40
Conference Rank: #4 Pac-12
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It took some time, but Oregon eventually lived up to their expectations last season. A month before the NCAA Tournament it looked like the Ducks would be headed to the NIT. But they came on strong down the stretch, reaching the NCAA Tournament and beating Wisconsin and UC Irvine on their way to the Sweet Sixteen. But with only three regulars returning, Coach Dana Altman has some reloading to do.
2018-19 Record: 25-13, 10-8
2018-19 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Dana Altman
Coach Record: 235-96 at Oregon, 645-339 overall
Key Departed Players:
Louis King, Forward, 13.5 ppg
Paul White, Forward, 10.6 ppg
Kenny Wooten, Forward, 6.3 ppg
Victor Bailey Jr, Guard, 7.4 ppg
Ehab Amin, Guard, 5.9 ppg
Miles Norris, Forward, 3.3 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Payton Pritchard, Senior, Guard, 12.9 ppg
Francis Okoro, Sophomore, Forward, 3.1 ppg
Will Richardson, Sophomore, Guard, 6.0 ppg
Key New Players:
N’Faly Dante, Freshman, Center
Chris Duarte, Junior, Guard, JC Transfer
Shakur Juiston, Senior, Forward, Transfer from UNLV
Chandler Lawson, Freshman, Forward
Anthony Mathis, Senior, Guard, Grad Transfer from New Mexico
Eugene Omoruyl, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Rutgers, not eligible
Addison Patterson, Freshman, Guard
C.J. Walker, Freshman, Forward
Eric Williams Jr, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Duquesne, not eligible
Lok Wur, Freshman, Forward
Payton Pritchard is the only returning upperclassman on the roster and he will be a great piece to build around. Pritchard scored 12.9 points and dished out 4.6 assists. Will Richardson was not an efficient shooter as a freshman, but he has the potential to turn into a double digit scorer and continue to play solid defense. Forward Francis Okoro did not do much scoring as a freshman either, but he will get the opportunity to lead the frontcourt as a sophomore. Anthony Mathis highlights a huge group of talented newcomers. The grad transfer from New Mexico is a superb outside shooter and should step right into a starting spot. Junior college transfer Chris Duarte is the reigning NJCAA Player of the Year and will add another potent scoring threat to the backcourt. The frontcourt brings in plenty of experienced players as well, but Shakur Juiston is the only one who is eligible this year. Juiston is a graduate transfer from UNLV and should continue to be a beast on the glass. The frontcourt also brings in four talented freshmen, led by athletic five star recruit C.J. Walker. With Chandler Lawson, Lok Wur and N’Faly Dante providing more options, the frontcourt suddenly has the potential to be very, very good. If all of those pieces come together, Oregon will not just make the NCAA Tournament, but they will compete for a Pac-12 title and look to make another trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.0 (250th in nation, 10th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 62.2 (12, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.1 (138, 8)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.8 (18, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.8 (168, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (137, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.1 (126, 5)
Rebound Margin: 1.4 (132, 7)
Assists Per Game: 13.2 (196, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.7 (66, 3)
Madness 2019 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#25 C.J. Walker
#63 Isaac Johnson (on 2 year church mission)
#88 Chandler Lawson