Michael Chandler is off the board to Oregon, Northwest Florida coach Steve DeMeo told SNY.tv.
Oregon is the fourth school the 6-foot-10, 245-pound center has committed to, following Louisville, Xavier and UCF.
Arizona, Memphis, Gonzaga, Iowa State, and Seton Hall had also been involved to varying degrees with Chandler, a former Lawrence (Ind.) North star who was ranked the No. 5 center in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.
“Michael’s long, thin and very athletic,” DeMeo said. “He runs the floor well and has really good hands and range to 17 feet.
“Coach [Dana] Altman and his staff will definitely help Mike refine his game and bring out the best in him on and off the court. We here at Northwest Florida are excited for Michael and his family that he is going to such a special place like Oregon.” To read more of this story, click here
Ray Kasongo’s on again/off again relationship with the Oregon Ducks is back on.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Canadian power forward Tweeted Friday night that he had re-committed to Oregon.
“What made me pick Oregon is what they had to offer me,” Kasongo told SNY.tv. “The coach [Dana Altman] told me that with hard work and my potential I have the possibility to play right away.
“And also my relationship with Dana Altman is great. He is such a great guy and knows a lot about the game. I’m looking forward to playing for him next year.”
The announcement comes 23 days after Kasongo initially committed to Oregon, only to change his mind and decommit and reconsider UConn. To read more of this story, click here
Michael Chandler will take an official visit to Oregon beginning Friday and could pull the trigger on his visit.
If he does, it will be the fourth school the 6-foot-10, 245-pound center commits to. He has already committed and decommitted from Louisville, Xavier and UCF.
“We’re going to check them out and if he really, really likes them, he may pull the trigger,” Allan Chandler, Michael’s uncle, told SNY.tv. “It’s up to the big fella.
“I like them, his mom likes them, it’s up to him. From what I can tell, he does because we’re taking the visit.” To read more of this story, click here
After calling Oregon coach Dana Altman to commit Wednesday night, Canadian forward Ray Kasongo has apparently had a change of mind.
Early Thursday morning, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward Tweeted: “I am still undecided, and haven’t made a commitment yet. I need more time to think about this and will decide where I go later on this week.”
Kasongo also considered UConn and sources said he was going back and forth in his mind between the two schools before deciding for Oregon.
He then committed, telling ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin, “I got along great with the Oregon players and coach Dana Altman. It was the best fit for me”
Now, he’s apparently still conflicted.
Kasongo models his game after (a younger) Amar’e Stoudemire and plays for Grassroots Canada on the AAU circuit. To read more of this story, click here
Elgin Cook, a 6-6 small forward at Northwest Florida, verbally committed to Oregon on Wednesday, head coach Steve Forbes said.
The son of former NBA star Alvin Robertson, Cook also considered Gonzaga, Illinois, TCU, VCU, South Carolina, New Mexico and Arkansas.
“I liked the fact that me, Damyean [Dotson] and Dominic [Artis] will have a chance to grow together,” Cook told SNY.tv by text. “I think Oregon fits my style. The fans were crazy and I’m just excited about Dana and the coaching staff.” To read more of this story, click here
Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from the Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., is headed to Kansas.
“Proud to be a jayhawk,” he Tweeted Tuesday.
He added by text: “Great school for big guys, development. I like the players, coaching staff, facilities [and] academics.”
He chose the Jayhawks over Florida and Texas.
“He chose KU over the others because it was in his gut and he believes that they have the ability to prepare him for the NBA,” his coach, Justin Harden, told SNY.tv.
A native of Cameroon, Embiid is unranked by the major recruiting services because he has only played organized ball for a short time.
“His upside is limitless depending on his work ethic,” Harden said. “He has great fundamentals for having only played for two years.” To read more of this story, click here
Aaron Gordon is back from his weekend official visit to Oregon and will head to Washington this coming weekend.
“[He said] he enjoyed it,” Tim Kennedy, head coach at San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty told SNY.tv Monday. “He was really impressed with the facilities and [said] they take care of their guys over there.”
Gordon knows Oregon point guard Dominic Artis from their time together on the Oakland Soldiers.
“So they have kind of a good connection,” Kennedy said. To read more of this story, click here
Oregon completed a big weekend by adding 6-foot-7 former Rice forward Arsalan Kazemi.
The Ducks also landed twins Tyrell and Tyree Robinson, who reportedly will play both basketball and football at the school.
Kazemi averaged 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds last season at Rice and reportedly also considered Kentucky, Florida, Cincinnati, Texas and Ohio State. To read more of this story, click here
Chris Obekpa, the top available big man in the Class of 2012 now that Nerlens Noel is off the board, will visit Oregon later this month.
The 6-foot-9 Obekpa out of Our Savior New American will trip to the Pac-12 school April 22-24, Our Savior assistant Eric Jaklitsch told SNY.tv.
“He has seen them play on TV a few times this year,” he told SNY.tv. “He likes that they play an uptempo style of play and they press a lot. He knows [incoming point guard] Dominic Artis from the Nike Skills Academies.” To read more of this story, click here
Freshman Jabari Brown has left the Oregon basketball team, according to a report on OregonLive.com.
“I will say it up front, I don’t want him to leave,” Ducks coach Dana Altman said after his team’s 86-61 win Sunday over Southeast Missouri State. “The door is still open.” To read more of this story, click here