While Oregon failed to make the NCAA Tournament this season after making the Final Four a year ago, hopes for the Ducks’ fortunes next season are sky high.
With a strong recruiting class and a core of returners, Oregon looks to make a run at a Pac-12 title and an extended stay in the NCAA Tournament.
Sporting News ranked Oregon at No. 7 in its 2018-19 Way Too Early Rankings.
— Sporting News College Basketball (@sn_ncaab) April 1, 2018
From Sporting News:
The Ducks missed the NCAA Tournament this year, but they return three of their top five scorers — Payton Pritchard (14.5 points per game), Troy Brown (11.3) and Paul White (9.4) — and have a stacked recruiting class coming in. And that’s why they’re inside the top 10.
Oregon’s class is ranked No. 2 nationally by Scout.com, led by 5-star big man Bol Bol (Manute’s son) and 5-star wing Louis King. Add in 4-star shooting guard Will Richardson and 4-star big man Miles Norris, and the Ducks could be the Pac-12’s best team.
Oregon finished this season 23-13 and made the NIT, where it lost to Marquette.