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Monday, May 3, 2010
Oregon wins one on the recruiting trail

By Diamond Leung

Oregon might not have won the news conference with its hiring of Dana Altman, but the new coach is reportedly victorious in a recruiting battle that resulted in an important commitment from point guard Johnathan Loyd, who is the state of Nevada's player of the year.

Signing the 5-foot-9 Loyd would give the Ducks another diminutive point guard after losing senior Tajuan Porter. But really, they're in need of players at this point after Ernie Kent didn't bring in anyone in the early signing period and three of his players received scholarship releases.

Loyd is a late bloomer in terms of garnering recruiting interest, and it'll be interesting to see if Oregon also has an interest in his older brother, Michael Loyd Jr., who last week decided to transfer from BYU.

Altman was hired too late for him to get a legitimate shot to recruit in-state stars Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross, but to get Loyd, he beat out UNLV head coach Lon Kruger, who needed a point guard of his own after recently parting ways with Matt Shaw.

Kruger also happened to be Altman's former boss at Kansas State, so score one for Altman on this day.