#28 Oregon Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Oregon Ducks
2020-2021 Overall Rank: #28
Conference Rank: #4 Pac-12
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The Ducks won 20+ games for the tenth consecutive season in 2019-20, despite the year being cut short. Oregon enters 2020-21 with a roster that should be able to continue that success. Losing All-American guard Payton Pritchard will be a blow, but two starters return along with multiple rotation players off the bench. On top of that, the Ducks bring in a group of experienced transfers, which Dana Altman has made a habit of doing each year. Oregon should be set up to get back to the NCAA Tournament in 2021.
2019-20 Record: 24-7, 13-5
Coach: Dana Altman
Coach Record: 669-346 at Arizona, 259-103 overall
Key Departed Players:
Payton Pritchard, Guard, 20.5 ppg
Anthony Mathis, Guard, 8.5 ppg
Shakur Juiston, Forward, 7.9 ppg
C.J. Walker, Forward, 4.0 ppg
Francis Okoro, Forward, 3.3 ppg

Key Returning Players:
Chris Duarte, Senior, Guard, 12.9 ppg
Will Richardson, Junior, Guard, 11.0 ppg
N’Faly Dante, Sophomore, Center, 5.8 ppg
Addison Patterson, Sophomore, Guard, 4.6 ppg
Chandler Lawson, Sophomore, Forward, 4.5 ppg
Lok Wur, Sophomore, Forward, DNP Last Season
Key New Players:
LJ Figueroa, Senior, Forward, Transfer from St. John’s, pending waiver
Amauri Hardy, Senior, Guard, Grad Transfer from UNLV
Eugene Omoruyi, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Rutgers
Jalen Terry, Freshman, Guard
Eric Williams, Junior, Forward, Transfer from Duquesne

Chris Duarte is the only full-time starter returning from last season. Duarte had a strong first year with the Ducks averaging 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals. With Pritchard gone, Duarte has the chance to take over as Oregon’s go-to scorer. Will Richardson and Chandler Lawson were both part-time starters last year. Richardson started 13 games as a sophomore and averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals. Richardson should slide into the starting point guard spot as a junior this season. Lawson started 12 games as a freshman, but only averaged 19.5 minutes on the season. As a sophomore, Lawson should be more developed and see a bigger role. N’Faly Dante and Addison Patterson were also freshmen who saw limited roles last season. Dante was a five-star prospect and Patterson was a top-50 recruit, so both players are primed to take a sophomore leap for the Ducks. Most of Oregon’s new arrivals this season are transfers. LJ Figueroa is the only one who’s eligibility is still undecided. Amauri Hardy is a graduate transfer from UNLV who earned All-MWC honors last season behind 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Eugene Omoruyi and Eric Williams are both transfers who sat out last season for Oregon. Omoruyi played three seasons at Rutgers and averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a junior. Eric Williams spent two seasons at Duquesne and averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals across those two years. Dana Altman has been one of the best coaches in the nation at acquiring and developing transfers and this year is no exception. The only freshman on the roster is guard Jalen Terry, a four-star recruit who will likely spend this season learning as a reserve. Oregon has been one of the most consistent programs over the last decade and this season should be more of the same.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.9 (54th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.7 (104, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.0 (29, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.7 (57, 5)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.7 (46, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 39.6 (5, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.0 (210, 10)
Rebound Margin: 2.0 (119, 6)
Assists Per Game: 14.4 (75, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.9 (63, 2)
Madness 2021 NBA Draft Rankings:
#39 Will Richardson
Madness 2020 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#74 Jalen Terry