Transfer culture working just fine at Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO – Dana Altman has things going quite well in Eugene. Coming off a 2013 Pac-12 Tournament championship and Sweet 16 appearance, Oregon is looking toward another successful campaign, recently being ranked 18th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll despite losing guys like Arsalan Kazemi, Tony Woods and Carlos Emory.
What do those three have in common, outside of having moved on from Oregon? They all transferred in from previous destinations after high school. From Devoe Joseph to Olu Ashaolu to Kazemi, Woods and Emory, the Ducks have relied heavily on transfers for production on both ends of the floor. Don’t expect that trend to stop in 2013-14 either, as Dana Altman has six transfers on this year’s squad, including former Bruin and UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Mike Moser, a 6' 8" forward who could make a serious splash this season.
“It’s important that we have common goals, and it’s fortunate that that’s been the situation. We’ve just been fortunate -- guys have come in and really cared about our team,” head coach Dana Altman said about his previous transplants. “They wanted to have really good years for themselves, but our teams had pretty good years as well.”