It’s been a long, strange summer in Eugene, Ore. and the bad news just keeps coming for the Ducks. This time it involves center Michael Dunigan (far left) who will end his college career to sign a three-year contract and play with an Israel team, according to a report in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper in Tel Aviv, Israel.
New coach Dana Altman declined to comment on the report, but if it’s true, then the Ducks will lose a fifth player since they fired coach Ernie Kent in March.
Drew Wiley (Boise State), Josh Crittle (Central Florida), Matt Humphrey (Boston College) and Jamil Wilson (Marquette) are no longer with Oregon and point guard Malcolm Armstead wanted to transfer, but Altman managed to change his mind.
Losing Dunigan, a 6-foot-10, 242-pound junior from Chicago and former four-star recruit, will hurt. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds last season and led the Ducks in field goal percentage (55.4 percent) and blocked shots (1.3 per game).
In a January game against Washington, Dunigan finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds while leading Oregon to a 90-79 victory at Hec Ed.
Few college basketball observers expect much out of the Ducks and losing Dunigan will lower expectations.
LABOR DAY LINKS:
— The problems at Connecticut could help Washington. Husky recruit Angelo Chol eliminated UConn from his list that now includes UW, Georgetown, Alabama and Kansas. Scout.com still has UConn on Chol’s list, but Rivals.com has dropped Connecticut. According to Rivals, Chol’s top three choices are Alabama, Kansas and UW. The 6-8, 200-pound forward from San Diego has reportedly scheduled visits with the Crimson Tide and Jayhawks.
— Bruce Pascoe at the Arizona Daily News gives his Pac-10 basketball predictions and believes Washington will win the conference.
— Arizona State forward Rihards Kuksiks considered leaving school early to play professionally in Europe, but he’s decided to return for his senior year, according to the Arizona Republic . Kuksiks led ASU with a 12.1 scoring average last season.
— Eric Angevine at Storming the Floor compiled a top 10 list of the best college basketball beat writers and he was kind enough to include yours truly. Thanks Eric.
— Why is Jon Brockman running on the beach with Jim Carrey? Ok, it’s not Jim Carrey, but it’s a guy that looks like Jim Carrey. Check it out.
September 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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