Oregon Men's Basketball Signs Three

Nov. 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon men's basketball team has signed three players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Ernie Kent announced Wednesday.

The three high schoolers are Aaron Brooks of Seattle, Wash., Mitch Platt of Henderson, Nev., and Ray Schafer of Wasilla, Alaska. The trio was rated at the 15th-best recruiting class nationally by ESPN.com.

'This recruiting class is a result of the success we had last year,' said Kent. 'It is a high-caliber group that will bridge the continuity gap in our program and allow us to remain competitive at a high level in the Pacific-10 Conference.'

Brooks, a 6-0 guard who played for Kent on the USA Basketball Junior National team this summer,is regarded as one of the top five points guards nationally among recruiting experts. Last year as a junior at Franklin High School, he averaged 18.7 points and 7.5 assists per game and was named All-Kingco League first team.

'The success of our system -- the speed game -- depends on having a premier point guard,' said Kent. 'We've had tremendous success with Darius Wright and Luke Ridnour and now will continue that tradition with Aaron Brooks. He is our most important signee in terms of maintaining our program's continuity.'

Platt is a 6-10 forward from Green Valley High School, where averaged 12.5 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior, leading the Gators to a 28-5 record. He was an All-Sunrise League first team selection last season.

'Mitch is a strong post player,' said Kent. 'He is a scoring big man who is also an outstanding passer. A big man with his skills and ability will fit nicely into our system.'

Schafer, a 7-0 center from Wasilla, Alaska, is rated as one of the top three centers on the West Coast by most recruiting services. He scored 19 points per game as a junior to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest. He led Wasilla High School to the Region III championship and the consolation final of the 2002 Alaska State tournament.

'Ray will make an immediate impact because he will be one of the hardest working big men ever to attend the University of Oregon,' said Kent. 'With his work ethic already in place, we are excited to get him here because of his size and skill level.'

Oregon will graduate two seniors next spring, froward Robert Johnson and center Brian Helquist. The Ducks also held one scholarship open this season.

'(Brooks) was a must for Oregon, who chose the Ducks over UCLA,' said ESPN.com in its recruiting evaluation. 'Platt is a skilled big man. He can shoot from the perimeter and is an excellent passer. He also comes pre-assembled: He has a body. Schafer was MIA this past summer due to injury, but is a very mobile big man and will team with Platt to give the Ducks their potentially best frontline duo in a while.'

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