Ahmaad Rorie, a 6-foot point guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, committed to Oregon on Thursday, adding another guard to a team short on backcourt players.
“I have official[ly] signed to play basketball at Oregon, God has a plan for me . #GoDucks #Blessed” he Tweeted.
A former Cal commit, Rorie figures to get playing time with the Ducks after the school dismissed guards Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis and forward Brandon Austin in the wake of rape allegations.
Rorie initially announced May 5 — when the police report became public — that he would not visit Oregon, and he tripped to Washington State instead. He ultimately visited Eugene and now will join their 2014 class that also includes point guard Casey Benson, shooting guard JaQuan Lyle, forwards Jordan Bell, Dwayne Benjamin and Ray Kasongo and big man Michael Chandler.
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Dana Altman will remain the Oregon men’s basketball coach, but Damyean Dotson, Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis have all been booted from the program in the wake of rape allegations related to a March 8 incident, the school announced Friday.
“They will not be playing basketball at Oregon again,” Oregon President Michael Gottfredson said in a press conference Friday that also included Athletic Director Rob Mullens and Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes.
“It was very clear to us those were individuals we didn’t want representing our organization,” Mullens said.
Of Dotson, the focus of the allegations, Altman said later Friday: “I think good people can make bad decisions. This obviously was a bad decision.”
No charges have been filed in the case in which a 21-year-old female Oregon student told police she had been sexually assaulted in three separate instances. Here is the DA’s statement on why it “no-filed” charges in the case.
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A trio of Oregon players — junior point guard Dominic Artis, junior guard Damyean Dotson and sophomore forward Brandon Austin — are not currently participating in team activities, the school announced Monday.
The trio are the subject of a forcible rape allegation, details of which can be found in this graphic police report released Monday evening by the Eugene Police Department.
The Oregonian is all over this story:
The district attorney’s office listed only Dotson as a suspect when it wrote April 14 that due to insufficient evidence it would not pursue prosecution. It also did not list any of the charges Dotson had been accused of. However, it added, “While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”
Artis and Dotson were contacted by law enforcement after the incident and told investigators the sex was consensual. Austin was also contacted by police but asked that any inquiries be handled by his lawyer.
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Providence transfer Brandon Austin is headed to Oregon.
“It’s just an all-around good situation for the kid,” Lonnie Lowry, Austin’s mentor and the brother of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, told SNY.tv.
“[He brings] the ability to do everything [on the court] and play at least three positions.”
After sitting out a year, he will be eligible next December and will have four years of eligibility remaining. To read more of this story, click here
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