With exactly two weeks remaining until the college basketball season tips off, Oregon received news that could push the Ducks into top 10 territory.
Houston transfer Joseph Young received a waiver to play immediately at Oregon, the school announced on Friday.
We are thrilled to hear the news about Joseph Young. Fully cleared to compete this year, and compete he will!! #unitedweball— Oregon Basketball (@OregonMBB) October 25, 2013
Young, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, left Houston after his father, Michael Young, was asked to take a lesser position in the Cougars' athletic department. He had been the director of basketball operations.
This news immediately vaults Oregon into contention for a national top 10 ranking. The Ducks have one of the best perimeter groups in the country, as Young averaged 18.0 points for Houston last season. He will join returning starters Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, in addition to Detroit transfer Jason Calliste, a long-range shooter who averaged 14.4 points for the Titans a year ago.
Oregon opens its season in South Korea against Georgetown, on Nov. 8. Interestingly enough, Young's waiver comes two days after Hoyas big man Josh Smith received a waiver to play immediately for Georgetown.