Prehm: Lapray to Transfer to Pepperdine, Clears Up Scholarship Jam

Mike McGinnis

AJ Lapray will transfer to Pepperdine to finish his college career, bringing Oregon in line with NCAA scholarship limits for next season.

This is the least shocking resolution to this story ever:

Lapray later Tweeted that he would head to Malibu to finish his career at Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference.

As we have been talking about for a few weeks, Oregon basketball had a scholarship problem: 14 players for 13 spots. One potential solution was that Joseph Young could decide to turn pro, but Young recently announced that he would return to Oregon for his senior year.

A Salem native, Lapray appeared in only two games as a freshman. Stuck on the depth chart behind Young, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, and incoming 5* Jaquan Lyle, Lapray was going to have to fight with Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Casey Benson just to see token minutes next season. It became clear that there wasn't a legitimate spot for him to play here.

The West Coast Conference should prove a better fit for Lapray to really get a chance to shine. The move brings the Ducks down to 13 scholarship basketball players for next season, which is the NCAA limit.

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