EUGENE, Oregon — 5-star recruit Miles Norris has committed to the University of Oregon. Head coach Dana Altman snagged the No. 48 overall prospect in the 2018 class from under the noses of Arizona, UCLA and San Diego State.
Norris is a composite 98 recruit. He was ranked No. 48 overall by ESPN 60. Rivals ranked him as a 5-star prospect at the power forward position for the 2018 class.
You’re going to enjoy watching the Chula Vista product. The Helix High School star has an edge to his game, alongside a tireless tank. Him and incoming freshman Victor Bailey Jr. cease to get tired on a basketball floor when I have watched them.
I’m going to preface my next statement with great caution. Norris’ game reminds me of Chris Boucher, already. He is just 17 years old, but Norris is long and athletic with a wingspan to match. Norris can score from the inside and he has a consistently pure stroke from the outside.
In no way am I saying he will be as popular with fans as Boucher. I am not even saying he will be as great as Boucher, or set Oregon basketball records like CB. Simply, his game reminds me of the former junior college transfer. The scary part is Boucher was never trained until late in college. Norris is further along at an earlier stage in his basketball career. Watch out for this kid.
He is a major force on the defensive end, with an uncanny ability to find the ball on defense for blocked shots. It will be scary and downright unfair if he grows anymore, which he should. I can only imagine how indefensible he will become under the guidance of the Oregon training and developmental staff.
The Ducks continue to gain steam heading into the summer.
Since their Final Four appearance, Oregon has secured the commitment of Kenny Wooten Jr. and Norris. Not to mention, the Ducks landed the top transfer in college basketball in the form of Elijah Brown from New Mexico.
Oregon’s elite brand continues to grow. After the departure of Casey Benson to Grand Canyon University, the Ducks have added some much-needed depth. And don’t forget about the transfer Paul White from Georgetown. He will be an invaluable piece of the puzzle come October.
With the upcoming college decision of Brian Bowen and Jordan Tucker on the horizon, Oregon is never out of any fight. Altman and his staff keep fans on their toes. You never know when that next great surprise is around the corner. I’ve never enjoyed an Oregon offseason more than this one. Let the good times continue in Eugene.