The Oregon men's basketball team added some much needed height onto their roster, signing Roman Sorkin, who previously played for the Israeli junior national team at the 2014 U-18 European Championships. While playing for Israel, Sorkin averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Sorkin will be a freshman and will be eligible to play immediately.
Before signing Sorkin, an 18-year old from Minsk, Belarus Michael Chandler was Oregon's only player 6'10'' or taller. Sorkin, who also stands at 6'10'', should be a dominating presence under the rim for the Ducks. In a win over Hungary at the U-18 European Championships last year, Sorkin scored 25 points while grabbing 24 rebounds. That would be a solid night from two players combined, not to mention when it all comes from one freshman.
While Sorkin is only a freshman, he has a tremendous amount of valuable experience at the international level. He's played for Israel at the U-18 European Championships for the past three years.
Below is a highlight tape of Sorkin. Without a doubt the best part is at 2:45 when he pops the awkward big man 3-pointer, resulting in the opposing coach throwing his arms up in utter disgust. If he does that for the Ducks, the Pit Crew will lose their minds.