College Basketball Nation: Jay-R Strowbridge

Matthew Knight Arena floor walks fine line

January, 11, 2011
Oregon unveils Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, with the Ducks facing USC on their unique floor which represents the view of a fir tree forest.

Look at the floor again, though. Can you see a halfcourt line? It's apparently there, and the design is within NCAA rules, but it might take some time getting used to.

"Hopefully, it doesn’t confuse our players," Oregon coach Dana Altman mused. "I’m more worried about the players on the floor rather than the floor itself."

If Mac Court had its dead spots that Ducks in the past were accustomed to, maybe then they can also get used to using the design to their advantage.

Senior guard Jay-R Strowbridge is apparently thinking about it, according to The Register-Guard:
"I've never seen anything like it," Strowbridge said. "We were joking about finding out where the halfcourt line is at."

It is there, if not necessarily obvious from very far away. It could come into play, however, as the Ducks put a fullcourt press on an opponent or attempt to trap a ball handler shortly after he crosses the line.

"This was just our first time in here, but we were able to pick up on it," Strowbridge said. "Hopefully that will be to our advantage, and we can get turnovers because the other team isn't as aware of the court."

Oregon begins retooling its roster

October, 6, 2010
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.

Frustrations continue for Arkansas State

July, 22, 2010
Arkansas State coach John Brady could only watch last month as Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year Brandon Reed parlayed his big season at the school into a transfer to a bigger-name program in Georgia Tech.

And after Brady thought he had a backcourt replacement in Jay-R Strowbridge, a Jacksonville State transfer who could gain immediate eligibility, even that might fall through after Strowbridge learned about an NCAA investigation into the program.

"Nobody told me these things before I got there, and I felt that maybe if the coaches would have been up front about things that it might have been different," Strowbridge told the Jonesboro Sun, adding that he was leaving the program. "I felt that this was a trust and honesty issue."

Brady told the Associated Press that it was not his intent to mislead anybody. The matters leading to the investigation into the program's possible academic fraud violation predate Brady's time at the school.

Arkansas State athletic director Dean Lee has released a statement disputing Strowbridge's comments to the Sun that there was a high possibility of a postseason ban for the team, saying that he never told Strowbridge such a thing because he in fact does not expect potential NCAA sanctions to include a postseason ban.

It's all a big mess, really.