Dana Altman and high-rated incoming transfers go together like a Duck and water.
From St. John’s, LJ Figueroa joins a talented Oregon roster. At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, the new Duck has experience playing guard and forward. He led his team with 14.5 points per game last season as a junior. He also led the Big East Conference in steals with 1.94 per game, putting him at 36th in the nation.
He’ll most likely need to sit out next season, unless the NCAA decides otherwise. He started 64 of 66 games during his two seasons at St. Johns. Figueroa is likely the last player to join the roster as all 13 scholarships are filled.
Altman’s squad returns nine players from last year, and Figueroa will join Jalen Terry and transfer Amauri Hardy from UNLV.
Figueroa announced on twitter:
“First and foremost, I want to thank St. John’s for the last two seasons; it was an incredible time both personally and athletically. I’ve truly enjoyed NYC, the fans, the atmosphere and most importantly my teammates. In addition, I want to thank coach Mullin for recruiting me and coach Anderson for this past season. Unfortunately, circumstances which were out of my control forced me to transfer and look for a new opportunity. I’m looking forward to joining the University of Oregon for a national championship. Go Ducks!”