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
Former UCLA commit Dominic Artis is headed to Oregon, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN.
The No. 8 point guard in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, Artis initially committed to the Bruins, but then decommitted after St. Anthony point guard Kyle Anderson chose UCLA.
Now the 6-foot-1 Findlay Prep guard will remain in the Pac-12 and play for head coach Dana Altman. His former Oakland Soldiers teammate Jabari Brown is currently a freshman for the Ducks.
ALLEN TO STANFORD
Rosco Allen, a 6-9 center from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, committed to Stanford, Scout.com reported.
Allen chose The Cardinal over UNLV, Oregon and North Carolina.
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Tony Woods, the dismissed Wake Forest center, will arrive at Oregon in early August for summer school and will be immediately eligible to play in the 2011-12 season.
“He really liked his visits, the people and the team,” Norm Parker, Woods’ AAU coach with the Georgia Stars, said by phone. “He felt like a fresh start worked out good for him. He feels like he can go out and contribute right away and help that team.”
Woods averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds as a sophomore at Wake.
The 6-foot-11 Woods was dismissed from Wake Forest last October after a domestic violence incident in which he kicked and pushed his girlfriend, Courtney Lorel Barbour, in front of their 8-month-old child. To read more of this story, click here
While his NBA counterparts are dealing with the looming lockout in New York City, Amar’e Stoudemire is in Chicago at his annual Nike Skills Academy.
Stoudemire is tutoring some of the top big men in the nation, including Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward who will attend Findlay (Nev.) Prep next season.
“We’re doing a lot of cool stuff,” Ashley, the No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, said Saturday by phone. “A lot of stuff on post moves and everything. He’s teaching us how to get through the pick-and-roll and how to defend it. A lot of simple stuff that’s going to take us a long way.” To read more of this story, click here
Former Minnesota guard Devoe Joseph is headed to Oregon.
“Devoe to Oregon,” Ro Russell, Joseph’s AAU coach with Grassroots Canada, said by text.
“We have nothing but respect for coach [Tubby] Smith and the people at Minnesota. This is a Pac-10 style of play program that needs experience and immediate help. It also has a quarter system where he can play starting in early December versus late December like with a semester school.”
Joseph must sit out a season and will become eligible in December.
The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 11.2 points in eight games at Minnesota after sitting out the first six games because of a violation of team rules. To read more of this story, click here
DeAndre Daniels stands on the brink of making a college decision, according to West Coast recruiting expert Dinos Trigonis, who spoke Thursday with Daniels.
“They’re trying to make a decision here, hopefully around Jan. 1,” Trigonis, who has coached Daniels in AAU, said Thursday by phone. “They’re going to basically finalize and get together as a family and decide what they want to do.”
Neither DeAndre nor his father, LaRon, were immediately available by phone.
The 6-foot-9, 197-pound Daniels recently returned from his fourth visit, to Texas, and Trigonis said it went well. To read more of this story, click here
DeAndre Daniels, the 6-foot-9, 197-pound wing from IMG Academies, will take an official visit to Texas beginning Sunday.
“DeAndre will be visiting Texas Dec. 19-20,” said IMG coach Andy Borman.
“He has not set his last official visit yet, although it looks like the schools that are most likely to get that visit are Baylor, Arizona State, Alabama and Florida. I imagine it will happen sometime after Christmas.” To read more of this story, click here
PITTSBURGH — DeAndre Daniels is currently at Kentucky on his third official visit in the last week and could enroll in a college in January.
The 6-foot-9, 197-pound small forward from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies took recent officials to Kansas and Oregon. He is at Kentucky until Sunday.
“He made a commitment to come to us for an entire year because he knew he needed to get bigger, stronger and more competitive to be the type of player he wants to be on the Division 1 level,” Andy Borman of IMG said by phone.
“Because of his hard work and success in the last 3 ½ months, his dad [LaRon] and DeAndre and us are contemplating sending him somewhere at the semester. To read more of this story, click here
DeAndre Daniels, the No. 3 small forward in the nation, is taking back-to-back official visits to Kansas and Oregon, a source with direct knowledge said.
The 6-foot-8, 180-pound Daniels, out of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies, is at Kansas now and then departs for an official to Oregon Sunday.
“He’s enjoying his Kansas visit,” the source said. “One of the big draws of the of the Kansas visit was that they were playing UCLA [Thursday -- a 77-76 Kansas victory]. UCLA is one of the schools he is seriously considering and this was a chance for him to see both teams play.”
Daniels, who transferred from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, will go straight to Oregon from Kansas.
“He’s going to Oregon on Sunday,” the source said.
None of the IMG kids will sign until the spring period, including guard Phil Greene, who is considering St. John’s among other schools. Greene won’t take any visits until the second semester.
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Amir Garrett is still considering Oregon and St. John’s as his top two schools, but said he may wait until the spring to sign.
“Yes,” the 6-foot-7 Garrett said Tuesday night by phone. “I’m not sure yet. I don’t think I’m going to sign in November. Not too soon. I’m not too sure yet.”
Said Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon: “Amir’s going to be thorough and he’ll know when it feels right. He’s improving on the court by the day.”
Garrett took an official to Oregon last weekend and said he enjoyed talking with head coach Dana Altman about his potential future there. To read more of this story, click here