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Junior college big man Mike Chandler commits to Oregon

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Michael Chandler is hoping the fourth (well, technically fifth) time is the charm when it comes to college commitments.

The Northwest Florida State (Fla.) center pledged to Oregon on Tuesday night, his junior college coach Steve DeMeo told

The big man visited the Ducks' campus this past weekend.

"Coach [Dana] Altman and his staff will help Michael become a special player and a relaly special person," DeMeo said. "We are very excited that Michael is going to such a special place like Oregon."

Chandler, a 6-foot-10 Indianapolis native, had previously committed to Louisville, Xavier and UCF. He decommitted from Louisville and Xavier before seemingly settling on UCF. However, he did not qualify academically back in 2011, and was forced to go to junior college.

Demeo said that Chandler is on track to qualify out of junior college.

“He is working hard on his academics,” Demeo said.

When he was in the class of 2011 Chandler was a top-50 prospect nationally.

"Michael's upside is very high," DeMeo said. "He will help defend the post and can score well around the basket. He also has range to 17 feet."

He joins Casey Benson, Ray Kasongo and Dwayne Benjamin in Oregon's 2014 recruiting class.

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