A strong freshman class is headed to Eugene, Ore., next season, one that may get bigger if the Oregon men’s basketball team can grab former Arizona signee Brandon Williams.
But even with all those young arrivals, Oregon has room to add more players, and coach Dana Altman is looking to the graduate transfer market that was so helpful to his team last season.
In 2017-18, Elijah Brown came from New Mexico and MiKyle McIntosh arrived from Illinois State, one-year rentals who combined to start 70 games as Oregon’s No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. They’re now moving on along with freshman forward Troy Brown, who has entered the NBA draft, while backup forwards Roman Sorkin (graduation) and Keith Smith (transfer) are also gone.
According to 247Sports’ Matt Prehm, Oregon has been in contact with three graduate transfers: Fordham guard Joseph Chartouny, South Dakota guard Matt Mooney and Albany guard Joe Cremo.
Chartouny averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game last season. Mooney averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals, while Cremo produced 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 45.8 percent from 3-point range.
Oregon is far from the only school chasing these players. Chartouny has also drawn interest from the likes of Arizona and Louisville, while Creighton, Indiana, Northwestern, TCU and Texas Tech are after Mooney and Duke is going hard after Cremo.
The Ducks are also interested in Utah State guard Koby McEwen, who averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 2017-18, though he would have to sit out the 2018-19 season since he hasn’t graduated.