The Ducks shocked the Nation by making it to the Sweet 16 and Showed that they are capable of elite level play. But what do their futures look like for the 2013-14 season.
After a very respectable showing at “The Big Dance” in which
the Oregon Ducks took a # 12 seeded team to a Sweet 16 game, the Ducks look to
expand upon their success and go even further in 2013-2014.
Fans can’t ask much more as Oregon not only made it to the
Sweet 16, but gave Louisville a run for their money in a 77-69 comeback loss.
The Ducks made a 2nd half run that showed that this is a team of
At NCAAB odds of +12500 to win the NCAA Tournament in 2013-2014,
the Ducks are nothing more than a lottery ticket. Is this a winning ticket?
This will be a year of rebuilding as the Ducks lose 4 of
their top 5 scorers in E.J. Singler, Carlos Emory, Arsalan Kazemi, and Tony
Woods as they’ve played out their eligibility.
A lot of the focus this season will be on this sophomore
guard who had a big freshman season as the team’s 2nd leading scorer
at 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Dotson showed that he’s a big game player as he brought his
“A game” to the Big Dance last year. He averaged 17.3 points per game in the
NCAA tournament, highlighted by a 23 point performance against St.Louis in the
3rd round of the Midwest Regionals.
Look for Dotson to take a stronghold on leadership duties.
Sophomore guard Dominic Artis saw a lot of “PT” in the Sweet
16 game against Louisville and he came up rather big with 12 points. Although
inconsistent at times, Artis came up big for the Ducks at pivotal moments and
he’ll be a key player this season as there will be more opportunity and more
Perspective players knew that they might see some immediate
playing time and power forward Jordan Bell took full advantage of the
opportunity as he committed to the Ducks as the 78th ranked player
in ESPN’s top 100 Recruits.
Bell will be a beast on the defensive end of the court with
his great leaping ability and long wingspan. This is an athletic player that
will fill out and has a high upside.
Another recruit that might possibly fly under the radar is
3-star player and outside shooting specialist, A.J. Lapray.
Lapray will feel comfortable as he has family ties with
Oregon University. AAU coach Ryan Schmidt, thinks that Lapray is a perfect fit
for Oregon as he’s one of the best post up guards that he’s ever seen.
Lapray also has a high basketball I.Q , and is an unselfish
player. Oregon can definitely use his offense and he should definitely make an
immediate impact when facing teams like Arizona.
The Ducks won’t get much offensive efficiency from senior
Johnathan Loyd, but the 5 foot 8 inch guard can provide a lot of energy on the
This is a player that can pass, pick pockets and pick up
lose rebounds. The Ducks will need Loyd to be more effective on the offensive
side of the ball, but this is a player that can hit the 3-ball when needed.
This team is in a bit of a rebuilding mode but should be solid for our NCAAB picks. The incoming
freshman might surprise some opposing teams. This team should still be NCAA
Tournament- bound, but everything needs to run as smoothly as possible to make
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