New Mexico senior graduate Elijah Brown will transfer to the University of Oregon. Late Sunday night, the 6-foot-4 combo guard made his decision. This move changes everything in college basketball for next season.
I rarely advise a full blown “celebration mode” without winning a title, but this is one of those special occasions. Enjoy it!
The commitment of Brown to the Ducks is one of the biggest moves in Oregon basketball history. Yet, we are getting used to breaking tradition with UO basketball lately. The last two years have been the most monumental in building the elite Oregon brand.
With Brown, the Ducks become instant national title contenders once again. The loss of Oregon’s top six players from 2016-17 caused panic in some circles, but those nerves have been calmed twice in the last week.
Brown is the best transfer prospect in college basketball. Landing a player with his experience, leadership and scoring ability, amid his senior season, is a huge boost for Oregon’s evolving program.
He averaged 18.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.1 APG and 1.3 SPG as a junior with the Lobos. During his sophomore campaign, the southpaw shooter amassed 21.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.1 APG and 1.1 SPG. He entered last season as the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year.
As I have highlighted since the college basketball season ended, Brown was the No. 2 prospect on my board behind Brandon McCoy. With McCoy making his move to UNLV, the proverbial door was still open in Eugene for a man-child.
Not only is he an intelligent kid, but Brown’s Father is the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors. With Steve Kerr out with back pain, Brown has taken over the reigns. No question, my main man Elgin Cook was in his ear about his son joining UO.
Entering the offseason, Oregon possessed the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation. Since then, the Ducks have added Kenny Wooten Jr. and Elijah Brown. I smell the No. 1 ranking for the first time in Oregon basketball history.
More to come today with extended coverage on this monumental commitment.