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NBA Draft: Oregon’s Chris Boucher Signed by Golden State Warriors

Boucher joins teammate Jordan Bell in the Bay Area

NCAA Basketball: Utah at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon’s Chris Boucher was signed as a free agent by the Golden State Warriors following the 2017 NBA Draft. The move comes minutes after the draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn concluded.

We knew it wouldn’t take long. Leave it to the champs to appreciate greatness. Details from league sources indicate Boucher signed a two-way NBA contract.

Boucher will have an opportunity to make some noise with the defending champions. He is the perfect fit for their system. Not to mention, he joins Bell and former teammate Elgin Cook who plays for the Warriors affiliate in the G-League.

Dylan Ennis signed with a team, but terms have not been finalized.

It’s the first time since 1971 that the Oregon Ducks had five draft eligible players. The incredible story of Boucher continues to evolve.

Boucher was the 2014 JuCo National Player of the Year from Northwest College in Wyoming. After his transfer to Oregon, Boucher NEVER lost a home game during his two-year career. He has a career record of 35-0 from Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

He was the only person during the 2015-16 college basketball season to record 100+ blocked shots and 35+ triples. He led the nation in blocked shots (110) during his outrageous junior campaign.

UCLA v Oregon
Boucher has one of the most unique skill-sets the game of basketball has witnessed. Not only can he block shots at a historic rate, but he drains 3-pointers with relative ease. He is a modern marvel that literally came from nothing. Every day is a blessing for Chris and his game highlights that.
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Over the course of his career at Oregon, statistically Boucher has measured up and then some. He averaged 12.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG and 2.7 BPG during two seasons in Eugene.

“For him to overcome, to really not start playing basketball until he was out of high school,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman stated. “Then he went the junior college route. It is a story of patience and staying after it. Not giving in to it. To come here and be the most popular player we’ve had in a long time, the people love him.”

In 2015-16, Boucher led the nation in shooting percentage (.667).

The Canadian was unable to perform at the 2017 NBA Combine in Chicago due to injury. However, he was invited to the prestigious showcase event, which is still a privilege.

Boucher listed at 6-foot-10 overall with an incredible 7-foot-4 wingspan. He registered the second-largest hands in the 2017 draft class at 10.5 inches. Not bad for a guy who can’t play basketball right now.

His strength in numbers is his ability to spread the floor with his versatility on the offensive end. His vast array of skills force the defense to guard him on the perimeter. And let’s not forget his mythical defensive presence. Boucher will not settle for anything less than greatness.

We wish Chris nothing but the best at the next level! It was a privilege watching you.

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