After trekking across the country last week on visits to Oregon, Texas, and San Diego State senior Louisiana Tech transfer Olu Ashaolu is transferring to Oregon to finish his college career.
"I felt like looking at Oregon they were missing one final piece on getting back into the tournament and I looked at myself and felt I could be that piece," said the 6-foot-7 forward."I liked everything about Oregon and it felt right."
"I enjoyed meeting the staff and getting to know them and then the core group of guys coming back was a big plus and then you look at who is coming in and you add a player like myself and we have a shot to do some things next season."
At Oregon Ashaolu will replace the departed senior Joevan Catron with a similar skill set.
"Coach Altman says his teams are at their best when they have four shooters and a big man that can roam the middle and I feel like I can be that guy," expressed Ashaolu. "With guys like Garrett [Sim] and Devoe [Joseph] outside and then you add a guy like Jabri Brown and Austin Kuemper, myself, and the rest of the team it was a perfect fit.'
Ashaolu says he will bring an inside presence down low for the Ducks but that he also has leadership qualities he knows will come in hand on and off the court next season.
Ashaolu will enroll at Oregon next month and will be on campus in time for the program's trip to Italy.
When asked about his trip to Oregon and what stood out the most to him Ashaolu gave an interesting and un-expected pick.
"I actually really liked the breakfast we had one time there," said Ashaolu. "I think we went to this place called The Original House of Pancakes and it was the best food I've had in a long time."