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Oregon Empire: Top prospects R.J. Barrett and Bol Bol nearing ‘decision’ time

The Ducks have a few 5-star recruits eyeing Eugene

2017 CIF Southern Section Boys Open Division Championship - Semifinals Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images

Two of the best basketball prospects from the 2018 class are seriously considering Oregon basketball and could make their collective decision soon. No. 1 prospect R.J. Barrett and No. 3 Bol Bol are said to be ‘very close’ to making an announcement.

As the current Oregon basketball team prepares for the 2017 season, we look ahead at the ever-growing Duck prospect pool. The future may seem far away, but we will be looking back at this season and patiently awaiting the 2018 unit before you know it.


Rowan “R.J.” Barrett’s day is finally almost here! We watched the No. 1 basketball prospect reclassify from 2019 to the class of 2018, alongside witnessing his dominance in the U19 World Cup in Egypt where he led Team Canada to gold. Barrett will make his announcement on Friday, November 10 via Canadian television on TSN at 6 p.m. ET.

His decision is between Oregon and Duke. Kentucky is in his ‘Top 3’ but has been fading as they continue to sign more prospects. At the end of the day, Barrett is one of those players that a coach waits to hear his choice before doing any additional recruiting.

Is it coincidence that Barrett is making his announcement on Oregon’s opening night vs Coppin State? In fact, his decision will occur six hours prior to tipoff of the Ducks 2017-18 campaign. That could be a major motivational tool for the chosen program.

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Montverde Academy's R.J. Barrett dunks for the and one against Tampa Catholic during the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest at Berkeley Preparatory School. The Canadian is the No. 1 overall prospect in basketball for the 2018 class.
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As if the Ducks don’t have enough southpaw assassins, Barrett would be another. Regardless, whoever signs Barrett will leap to No. 1 in the recruiting rankings for the 2018 class. He’s a program-changing talent that is destined for the NBA after one year.


Bol Bol has seemingly been tied to Oregon for quite some time. However, it looks like Kentucky is finally getting the picture that this kid wants to wear green and yellow. The son of Manute Bol is drawing closer to a decision.

The 7-foot-3 superstar prospect is another program-changer like Barrett. Yet, there are not many prospects, if any, touting the pedigree, height and ability of Bol. Over the last week, the California kid narrowed his final list to Oregon and Kentucky.

After months of speculation, our wildest dreams could come true over the next week or two. If both Barrett and Bol choose Oregon, a national championship may not be far behind. These two are future millionaires that only have age working against them.

2017 CIF Southern Section Boys Open Division Championship
Mater Dei’s Bol Bol looks for an open man during the game against Bishop Montgomery High School at the Honda Center on March 4, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The 7-foot-3 prospect is the No. 3 overall ranked player in the 2018 class.
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5-star prospect Emmitt Williams is ranked No. 21 overall, but his stock is currently plummeting. He’s the third ‘Top 20’ Duck recruit, but he was arrested and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment two weeks ago.

Williams remained in jail days after the incident, leaving his future extremely cloudy. This is a situation in which Altman and his coaching staff may handle behind closed doors. Of course, we never know the entire story until both sides speak, but this is bad.

With the recent developments since mid-October, Oregon’s best option may be to wait and see. We will keep you posted on the details regarding this situation.

The next eight days at ATQ will be jam-packed with Oregon basketball prep, including player profiles, predictions, previews, interviews, breakdowns and a few history lessons. Every day, we will have something new as we count you down to opening night.

Ready or not? Oregon basketball is set to return soon. The regular season gets underway at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, November 10 against Coppin State. You can catch opening night on the Pac-12 Network at 9:00 p.m. local time.

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