After a trio of spring dismissals, Oregon badly needed players for the upcoming season. On Sunday night, the Ducks received a key late addition.
Four-star prospect Dillon Brooks made the decision to commit to Oregon, while also reclassifying into the class of 2014. As a result, Brooks will be eligible to play for the Ducks this season.
I've dreamt about this day! Blessed to announce that I have committed to the University of Oregon & will be a duck this up & coming season!— Dillon Brooks (@dbrookz8) August 18, 2014
Ranked No. 98 in the 247Sports Composite, Brooks is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.). The Canada native was the leading scorer at the U18 FIBA Americas this summer, averaging 25.2 points during the tournament. He also played on the AAU circuit for CIA Bounce, putting up 14.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Brooks was terrific at the Nike Peach Jam in July, including a 23-point, 11-rebound performance against Athletes First.
With Brooks in the fold, Oregon will have 10 scholarship players for the upcoming season. After Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin were dismissed from the school following a sexual assault investigation, head coach Dana Altman needed an influx of talent. Brooks will be counted on to produce immediately, as nearly everyone besides Joseph Young (18.9 ppg) and Elgin Cook (6.7 ppg) is unproven.
Incoming freshman JaQuan Lyle is the most touted of the newcomers, but he is having clearinghouse issues. Sources told CBSSports.com those issues are expected to be cleared up before the academic calendar's Sept. 30 start date for the university.