|Coach Altman is turning around |
the basketball program in Eugene.
The current roster is stacked with juniors so regardless what happens at the end of this season the Ducks will be in position to have a great season next year, in their first full season in Matthew Knight Arena. They will be lead by senior to be Garret Sim and junior to be E.J. Singler, who has come-on under Altman to be a consistent contributer for the Ducks.
The real story is Altman's coaching style, as he has been called a dark-horse candidate for coach of the year honors. He has seemingly turned around the culture in Eugene and is putting a competitive team on the floor every night, something that has not been the case in the years after their elite-eight fun four years ago.
Altman has also made some big strides in the recruiting world. His top recruit in 2011 is Jabari Brown, the 6'3 shooting guard out of Oakland Highschool. He is a great shooter with deep deep range, and shoot fit nicely in Dana's system. He is also adding three more recruits who may not have an immediate impact but have the potential to grow. Bruce Barron is a big, tough, point guard who can get into the lane and finish with acrobatic plays around the rim. Brett Kingma is another shooting guard with a great shot with great mechanics. They have also added some height with 6'9 power forward Austin Kuemper who is a tough rebounder and has a solid shot from 15 feet and in.
It may take a few more years to turn around Duck basketball, but it seems as though Dana Altman has taken huge strides in his first season as the Duck's head coach. Go Ducks!