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players have been good for the Oregon program
<!--StartFragment-->The one and done phenomenon started in 2006, when the NBA made a rule
stating that in order for a player to be eligible for an NBA draft, they
must be at least 19 years old and/or one year removed from high school.
Since then, it has become common practice for elite high school
prospects to play one year in college before declaring for the NBA
<br>The Oregon Men’s Basketball team has had three such “one and done”
players, all in the past two years Troy Brown, Bol Bol and Louis King .
There has been some debate as to whether these one and done players have
been good for the Oregon program, and whether or not Altman should
continue to recruit them.
<br>An argument can be made that since Oregon began recruiting these one
and done prospects, the team’s production on the court has not lived up
to the standards we expect under Altman. If it wasn’t for a miraculous
eight game winning streak to end last season, the Ducks would have
missed the NCAA Tournament two years in a row.
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<br>However, that lack of on court success may not be the fault of these
one and dones. Looking at the past two seasons, Brown, Bol above and
King have either led or been near the top of all statistical categories
for the Ducks. While stats are not everything, as fans we saw how the
team struggled offensively after Bol’s injury this past season.
<br>Talent vs Experience
<br>But isn’t experience just as important when it comes to building a
championship team? Although these elite freshmen may have the talent,
some would argue that they don’t have the commitment to the program that
an upperclassmen has. Moreover, these one and dones may be looking
ahead the NBA draft and holding back on the court to preserve
<br>However, whether a player is a freshman or a senior, most, if not
all, Division I basketball players have the goal of one day making it to
the NBA. Every time they step onto the court, they are making their
case to every GM, coach and scout who may be watching. While some elite
prospects know that they are going to be a one and done player, it still
greatly benefits them to put forth their best effort during their one
season in college.
<br>Over the past five NBA Drafts, 61 of lottery picks have been one and
done players. Similarly, each of the last five National Championship
teams has had at least two players who went on to be drafted by an NBA
team. Even more players from those teams are now currently on NBA
<br>Most college teams that win a championship have NBA talent. While
simply having having the most talent doesn’t guarantee a championship,
it puts teams in a position to win throughout the season. Then, come
tournament time, a combination of experience <a href=""></a>, good coaching and top talent can win any game.
<br>One thing that an experienced player provides is leadership. They
can bring a team together and rally them to be the best team they can
be. However, good leadership doesn’t have to come from a player who has
the most college experience.
<br>This past season, there were multiple reports stating that the main
catalyst for the Ducks’ turnaround late in the season was Francis Okoro
above , a true freshman. He was tired of losing, so he challenged and
pushed his teammates <a href=""></a>, leading them through their end of season winning streak. Okoro proves that leadership can come from any player on a team.
<br>The Fan Experience
<br>The rise of one and done players and constant roster turnover may
impact fans’ interest, though. For example, this upcoming season, the
Oregon Women’s Basketball program has sold over 6,000 season tickets.
That is almost an 800 increase from the 800 tickets sold during Kelly
Graves’ first season in 2014 2015.
<br>There are many reasons for this. One the team is just flat out good.
They win games, and they win them decisively. Two Their style of play
is fun to watch. They play fast, they shoot a lot of threes and score a
lot of points. And three they have familiar faces. This next season they
return all but one starter from a Final Four team, including the
reigning National Player of the Year, Sabrina Ionescu.
<br>Fans can relate to that team and those players. Fans have seen them
progress and get better while putting everything they have on the court
for the Ducks. It is harder to say that for the Men’s program. In 10
seasons under Altman, the men have had just two players play all four
seasons at Oregon Johnathan Loyd and Payton Pritchard .
<br>With so many moving parts <a href=""></a>,
the Men’s program has been forced to reload season after season. This
leaves fans wondering every year who they are going to be rooting for on
the court. The consistent roster turnover can result in a team that
struggles early in the season, which causes fans to lose interest.
<br>The Biggest Issue
<br>Transfers. While the case can be made that one and dones are hurting
the Men’s Basketball program, transfers are the real culprit. Since
Altman has been at Oregon <a href="">M.J. Cage Jersey</a>,
there have been 21 ! transfers out of the program. That is, on average,
more than two per season, with 12 of those transfers coming after one
season or less.
<br>Because of this, Altman is forced to completely rebuild his roster
every offseason. Most years, Oregon has to add five or six players
instead of just three or four. While Altman has had to replace three one
and done players, it is well known beforehand that those players will
be there for only one season. Transfers, however, leave holes in the
roster the program is not prepared for.
<br>Every coach’s goal is to assemble the best, and best fitting, talent
for their team. Generally, the players who are able to make the most
immediate impact are the 5 star, potentially one and done prospects.
Altman’s next step is to find players who are willing to stay multiple
years and play alongside these elite players.
<br>The good news is that the coaching staff is well on their way to
achieving this balance between multi year players and elite one and
dones. While players like N’Faly Dante, CJ Walker and Addison Patterson
could potentially only be with the Ducks for one season, the Ducks have
found depth elsewhere.
<br>With two sit out transfers in Eric Williams Jr. and Eugene Omoruyi,
junior college player Chris Duarte and fellow incoming freshmen Chandler
Lawson and Lök Wur, the Ducks have a solid foundation on which to build
their roster for next season.
<br>Altman has said that he wants to bring players into his program who
want to be here. The more success the Ducks continue to have, the better
the prospects they will attract. If you were Altman, would you be able
to turn away elite talent if they wanted to play here just because they
might be one and done? I, for one, don’t think I could.
<br>Go Ducks!<br><!--EndFragment-->


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