Evidence from recent NCAA Tournaments will tell you experience matters in college basketball, yet Oregon now just might be the Pac-12 favorite ... thanks to a guy who was supposed to be a high school senior next season.
Five-star center N'Faly Dante of Mali announced Tuesday he has committed to the Ducks, via a heartfelt message in The Players Tribune, and will reclassify to 2019.
Combined with the springtime grad transfer additions of Shakur Juiston (UNLV) and Anthony Mathis (New Mexico), plus five-star forward C.J. Walker and two other freshmen -- the Ducks now appear to have enough to comfortably replace early departees Bol Bol, Louis King and Kenny Wooten.
And while that's a lot of transition to work through, it's worth noting that the Ducks will be led by one of the conference's best veterans, point guard Payton Pritchard.
What's more: Oregon coach Dana Altman may not be done yet. The Ducks are still pursuing four-star forward Addison Patterson, who also could reclassify to 2019.
Altman has long made a habit of recruiting into September, taking advantage of Oregon's late start to the school year because of its quarter-based academic calendar. But this might be his most notable late push yet.
I'm still working through research on Pac-12 teams for next season but as of now, I'd probably go with a top four of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Arizona, in that order...
Oregon State added 7-foot juco transfer Roman Silva.