Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Oregon begins retooling its roster
By Diamond Leung
Oregon has taken so many hits this offseason that even the Ducks player Athlon put on the cover of its preview magazine is no longer on the team. But now, Dana Altman has begun the process rebuilding the roster.
The recent departures of center Michael Dunigan (playing overseas) and guard LeKendric Longmire (academics) left the team with eight scholarship players. Oregon has added German center Martin Seiferth and also could get immediate help from a transfer in former Jacksonville State guard Jay-R Strowbridge.
Seiferth gives the Ducks a 6-foot-10 presence, and the team is in a wait-and-see mode with the NCAA clearing Strowbridge to play this season after he graduated from Jacksonville State and enrolled at Oregon as a graduate student.
If Strowbridge's waiver is granted, Oregon would get a point guard who had previously decided on playing his senior season with Arkansas State before citing an NCAA investigation into the program as his reason for leaving.
While patching together a team remains a work in progress, just being able to announce roster additions rather than subtractions has to be a good feeling for Altman.
And that's not all. Looking toward the future, Altman has secured verbal commitments from three recruits -- point guard Bruce Barron (86th-ranked by ESPNU) , shooting guard Brett Kingma, and power forward Austin Kuemper.
The immediate future might not appear very bright for the Ducks, but help is at the very least on the way.