It’s been a great few days for Dana Altman and his staff. Now, the Ducks have racked up two major commitments in the span of a week.
Altman is spending a good chunk of his time making sure that his 2017 class is elite. Sure, there’s a lot of unknowns but after this year the Ducks will lose Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis along with likely losing Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and in my opinion the most pro-ready player Jordan Bell. Yikes, that’s a lot out the door, but with this years recruiting class and the one on the way, all faith should be had in Altman. Okay, so who’d the Ducks get?
The first commitment in the week was four star guard Victor Bailey. In the ESPN 100 rankings Bailey came in at #90. Bailey reminds me of Tyler Dorsey with a better outside shot (yeah, sounds pretty good right?). He’s a 6’3” guard who has the ability to shoot over people at that position. I’m still a little skeptical about how well he can get to the rim, but he plays solid defense and his shot alone is enough to make him a four star. This kid will be a very good player for this program, and one that I see being a first year starter. Check out some highlights.
As much as I like the talent of Bailey, I think that the second commit in this class might be the better one so far. Just Friday, the Ducks hauled in a commitment from Abu Kingab, who is yet another four-star player. Kingab is a 6’ 6” player who will fit the Ducks profile very well in the likely potential absence of Brooks. He can shoot, play great defense, and is willing to play the 4 when the offense wants to go small. Obviously one thing to work on will be his size, he’s not the biggest guy in the word but I really like his frame. I think he comes in as a very Dwayne Benjamin type player.
It’s just the start of what could become the best recruiting class in Oregon basketball history.