Felicio will not attend Oregon

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Dana Altman will have to find another post prospect to replace Felicio.

DuckTerritory.com has been able to confirm with a source within the basketball program that incoming freshman center Cristiano Felicio will not be cleared to play at Oregon by the NCAA.

An internet report says the 6-foot-9 245 pound Felicio has since signed with the Clube De Regatas De Flamengo of the New Basketball Brazil league.

The team's website on the NBB website lists Felicio on the team's current roster already.

Felicio signed with Oregon in the fall of 2012 as part of the 2013 recruiting class and was expected contribute for playing time at center in 2013-14.

DuckTerritory.com is told that the NCAA ruled against Oregon's favor in clearing Felicio due to a concern that he had signed a professional contract as a youth while he was living and attending his first three years of high school in Brazil.

Felicio moved to the United States last summer to attend prep school in the United States to gain academic clearance and improve on his SAT scores to be admitted into Oregon. The move worked for his academic side DuckTerritory.com is told, but Oregon and Felicio couldn't prove to the NCAA he was still an amateur athlete.

Felicio will now play basketball overseas as he works towards getting drafted by an NBA team in the 2015 draft.

Oregon will enter the 2013-14 season with 12 scholarship players and one available ride to offer this summer should a player become available Oregon sees fit in offering. With four seniors on scholarship next season the Ducks will have five offers to extend and accept.

Oregon currently has one verbal commitment from three-star point guard Casey Benson out of Phoenix, AZ.

The loss of Felicio hurts Oregon's front court depth with just five true post players on roster. The loss of Felicio won't hurt Oregon in 2013-14 as as much as it will in 2014-15 due to three (Mike Moser, Waverly Austin, and Richard Amardi) of the five remaining post players being seniors. Oregon however will return just two (Jordan Bell and Ben Carter) players after this upcoming season who can play center or power forward for the Ducks and Oregon was counting on Felicio being a key cog as a sophomore.

This puts a premium on Oregon's coaching staff to find multiple post prospects who can come into the Oregon program and a play right away for the 2014 recruiting class.

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