WATCH: Former NBA star Peja Stojaković and 5-star son Andrej get shots up in Matthew Knight Arena

It’s not every day you see an NBA legend and his son getting shots up at your favorite team’s gym.

On his official visit to Oregon, five-star recruit and small forward Andrej Stojaković took some three-point shots inside Matthew Knight Arena this past weekend.

As it so happens, Stojaković is the son of former NBA star Peja Stojaković and evidently, the shooting skills were passed down to the next generation. At 6-foot-7, the younger Stojaković is considered to be one of the best pure shooters in the country and the video shows it. He also has a similar stroke as his father, who won the NBA Three-Point Competition twice with the Sacramento Kings.

Although he is three inches shorter than his father, Andrej would fit right into Dana Altman’s system. But Oregon is competing for his services with the likes of Stanford, UCLA, Texas, and Duke.

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Oregon men’s basketball releases 2022-23 schedule

The Oregon men’s basketball team was able to fill out the 2022-23 schedule as the Pac-12 has announced its pairings for the season.

In just two and a half months, the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team will open Pac-12 play with a home game against Washington State.

The Dec. 1 date might be the earliest Oregon has ever started conference action. Earlier on Thursday, the Pac-12 announced the entire schedule for all of the teams. Everyone begins the first weekend of December with a few games before a break for non-conference matchups before picking it up again on Dec. 29.

After the Ducks host the Cougars, they’ll make a quick trip down to Pauley Pavilion to take on UCLA. Once conference play is in the full swing of things, the traditional road partnerships will continue.

Oregon State will visit Matthew Knight Arena on New Year’s Eve and the Ducks will go up to Corvallis on Feb. 25. The Pac-12 tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 in Las Vegas.

When the NCAA selection committee convenes in March, Oregon might have a weak strength of schedule as the Ducks do not play a true non-conference road game this season.

Report: Son of NBA legend to visit Eugene for Oregon vs. BYU game

Dana Altman is pulling out the big recruiting guns this weekend as Oregon hosts No. 14 BYU at Autzen.

Earlier in the week, we got word that Oregon’s 5-star commit Mookie Cook would be in Eugene for the top-25 matching between the Ducks and the No. 14 BYU Cougars.

Now it’s becoming clear that he might be here to do a little bit more than just enjoy the game from inside Autzen Stadium.

According to a new report from SBLive’s Andrew Nemec, five-star small forward Andrej Stojakovic, the son of former NBA star Peja Stojakovic, will also be in Eugene on an official visit this weekend.

Rated as the No. 17 player in 2023, Stojakovic would be a huge addition to Oregon’s class that already includes 5-star Mookie Cook, 5-star Kwame Evans, and 4-star Jackson Shelstad, ranking 6th in the nation.

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5-star Oregon commit Mookie Cook to visit Eugene for Ducks vs. BYU game

What better way for Mookie Cook to take in the Eugene atmosphere than going to Autzen on gameday vs. BYU?

Dan Lanning and the Oregon Ducks have an incredibly important opportunity on Saturday afternoon, with the No. 14 BYU Cougars coming to town and offering an opportunity to get back into the national limelight after a disappointing start to the year.

It will also be a big week for Dana Altman and the Ducks’ basketball team, with 5-star Oregon commit Mookie Cook coming to town for the game between two top-25 teams. While Cook is committed to Oregon’s top-10 recruiting class, it’s never a bad opportunity to solidify that commitment, especially considering the fact that Cook de-committed from the Ducks earlier this year.

It will be a great opportunity for Cook to see first-hand what type of atmosphere he is coming to in Eugene, with the fans out in drove at Autzen. Never a bad thing.

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Mookie Cook’s Recruiting Profile

With Dana Altman’s blessing, 4-star Jackson Shelstad to play football at West Linn this year

Oregon Ducks 2023 point guard Jackson Shelstad will play football at West Linn for his senior season, lining up at wide receiver.

Four-star point guard and Oregon Ducks basketball commit Jackson Shelstad announced he will play football at West Linn High School for his senior season, after receiving a blessing from Oregon head coach Dana Altman.

“I regret not playing the last two years, and watching on Friday nights makes me really miss football, so since this is my last chance to play, I really wanted to,” Shelstad told SBLive’s Andrew Nemec.

Shelstad will line up at receiver for West Linn, where he played as a freshman before taking the last two years off to focus on football.

Shelstad was a top-tier football player even as a freshman, and it is possible he would have achieved a similar amount of attention as a college football prospect had he stuck with the sport.

Altman and the Ducks will be watching closely to see how Shelstad does both on the football field and basketball court this year before he heads to Eugene to begin his college career in 2023.

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Gators basketball to host elite PG on campus for official visit during season

One of the top point guards in the class of 2024 is planning on making an official visit to the University of Florida during the season, per reports.

The football team isn’t the only athletic program at the University of Florida busy recruiting players for the future. The basketball team is set to host one of the top point guards in the class of 2024, four-star [autotag]Dedan Thomas Jr[/autotag]., during the season, according to 247Sports.

Thomas picked up an offer from the Gators back in June, and now Cal, Gonzaga, Miami, Stanford and USC have added their names to a list of potential suitors that already included Arizona, Houston, LSU and UCLA among others. He recently made his way to Los Angeles for an unofficial visit with the Bruins, and now he’s planning out his officials.

He has Houston locked into a Sept. 30 date and expects to be at Arizona around the same time. Although he hasn’t scheduled the rest of his trips yet, Florida and Gonzaga are at the top of his list.

“The Florida trip will be probably during the season when they start conference play,” Thomas told Swamp247. “The Florida visit will be official and the Gonzaga trip probably will be official as well.”

Thomas has developed relationships with several members of the Gators’ coaching staff over the year. Associate head coach Carlin Hartman knows him from his time coaching at UNLV (Thomas is a Nevada kid), head coach Todd Golden was coaching at San Francisco when Thomas attended a camp and director of player development Taurean Green would come to some of his games before joining the UF staff.

Whether those ties pay off in the long run remains to be seen, but it’s better to have some familiarity with the staff than none at all. It’s only been two months since Florida started talking to him, but that communication seems to have gone a long way.

The 247Sports composite ranks Thomas No. 5 among point guards and as the 38th-best player in the class of 2024. The site’s individual rankings are a bit more bearish on him, ranking him 59th overall nationally and No. 8 among players at the one.

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Latest preseason bracketology update from CBS Sports has Florida here

What kind of results can Florida basketball expect in Todd Golden’s first year as head coach? CBS Sports projects the Gators to make the NCAA Tournament.

The college basketball season is still 74 days away from tipping off, but CBS Sports is already looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament field in March. According to Jerry Palm’s latest bracketology update, the Gators are projected to finish the regular season as a 10-seed in the Midwest Region.

That draw puts them up against No. 7 seed Virginia with a likely matchup against Kansas in the second round. Of course, Florida has yet to play a game under Todd Golden. Last year’s club didn’t even make the Tournament, but the addition of several transfers and a new game plan should help the team bounce back under a new head coach.

Conference play will be tough. The SEC has grown into a formidable power in the college basketball world, and Palm projects several teams in the conference to claim high seeds in March. He has Kentucky finishing as the top seed in the South, and Arkansas and Tennessee are both expected to finish as No. 3 seeds. Auburn is a 5-seed, Texas A&M is a 6-seed and Alabama is a 7-seed to round out the group.

Gonzaga, Houston and North Carolina are the other preseason No. 1 seeds, but these lists change drastically throughout the year. However, they are usually a good measure of how teams are expected to perform, and finishing as a 10-seed is a lot better than missing the tournament entirely, as Florida did last year.

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Report: Bronny James to take recruiting visit to Ohio State for showdown vs. Notre Dame

The first domino looks to be falling in Bronny James’ high-profile recruitment.

While the Oregon Ducks currently have the only prediction to land a commitment from 4-star mega-recruit Bronny James — the son of NBA legend LeBron James — his recruitment is far from over.

After the prediction came out a couple of weeks ago for the Ducks to get a commitment from the eldest James son, LeBron took to social media to clarify that nothing has been decided yet, and Bronny would still be going through the recruitment process.

It looks like we have one of the first steps of that process coming this fall, with On3 reporting that James will be taking a recruiting visit to Ohio State in September for the showdown against Notre Dame on September 3. This is the same day that Oregon is taking on Georgia, but that game is in Atlanta, so a visit from Bronny wouldn’t give him the benefit of seeing the Eugene campus.

We will see in the coming weeks how this recruitment shakes out for one of the most high-profile recruits we have seen in a long time, but the Ducks are certainly in the mix and should likely get a visit at some point this fall.

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Oregon holds off Ottawa 78-76 in second game of Canadian tour

Ottawa proved itself to be no pushover as they took Oregon to the limit before the Ducks came out on top 78-76.

The Oregon men’s basketball team found itself in a dogfight worthy of any Pac-12 contest.

In the second game of Oregon”s Canadian tour, the University of Ottawa battled the Ducks for the entire 40 minutes and had a last-second 55-footer go wide and Oregon came away with a 78-76 win over the Gee-Gees.

Quincy Guerrier led the way with 18 points with Keeshawn Barthalemy scoring 11 and Kel-El Ware adding 10. South Carolina transfer Jermaine Couisnard just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Ottawa’s Guillaume Pépin led all scorers with 20 points.

In all four quarters, the Ducks would go on a run to extend their lead to double figures, but towards the end of each quarter, Ottawa was able to cut into the lead. Although the Gee-Gees never led, they were always within shouting distance of the Ducks.

Dana Altman mostly likely isn’t happy with the final outcome, but he may be secretly relieved the Ducks were able to play in a close game and come out on top.

Oregon was able to run back its first opponent, McGill, in the first game in Canada, but Ottawa was a different story. The Gee-Gees would be able to hold their own in a small American conference and on their home floor, they definitely gave the Ducks a scare.

It’s no rest for the wary as Oregon will travel to Carleton University in Ottawa to take on the Ravens Tuesday night to make it three games in three days.

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Oregon’s first foray into Canada is a successful one

The Oregon men’s basketball team began a five-game Canadian tour with a 102-48 win over McGill University.

The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team ventured up north into Canada for the start of a five-game exhibition tour and the Ducks managed to get the trip off to a nice start.

In the first contest, Oregon overcame a slow start but eventually found its footing in a 102-48 win over McGill University in Quebec.

Center Nate Bittle led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds and freshman forward Kel-El Ware made his unofficial debut with 17 points.

Keeshawn Barthelemy, a transfer from Colorado and a native of Montreal, added 14 points. Quincy Guerrier, who is back for a fifth season, poured in 11 points and brought down nine rebounds. Gabe Reichle also managed to score in double figures with 10 points.

Everyone on the Oregon roster played except for N’Faly Dante.

Haris Elezovic led the way for McGill with 15 points.

This is a quick tour as the Ducks will play all five games in a week, which is probably why Will Richardson just played just a few minutes and Dante rested.

Tours such as these give the coaching staff an idea of what to expect out of the upcoming season, how much improvement certain individuals make, and which on-the-floor combinations work best.

Oregon will play next on Monday when they face the University of Ottawa.

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