Point Guard Movement
Oregon will need to find a point guard for the 2014-15 season and Casey Benson appears to be the prime target.
I am working on a basketball big board for the 2014 class but something of note that I wanted to dive into right away is the point guard position. Crazy we are talking about this being a big need for the 2014 class since Dominic Artis is only a sophomore. The reason being is senior Johnathan Loyd and the lack of another ball handler on the roster at this time. Oregon can’t go into the 2014-15 season with just Dominic Artis on the roster to handle the ball. As of now Damyean Dotson isn’t strong enough to back him up and we don’t know what Oregon’s other incoming guards can do yet.
It is a tough spot for Dana Altman and his assistant coaches. You can't promise a starting spot at point guard but you need to find someone who can come in right away and be your second option at point. Keep in mind Artis suffered an injury last year as a freshman and Oregon needed Loyd's point guard skills to steer the ship per say.
Enter 2014 three-star point guard Casey Benson out of Corona Del Sol in Tempe, AZ.
Benson was one of the first prospects Oregon offered in the 2014 class and have been a heavy player here for a while. Oregon, Creighton, Nebraska, Stanford, Arizona State, and Colorado were viewed as the big players. ASU however was deemed the favorite being the hometown team and local favorite for Benson.
The Sun Devils however couldn't get Benson and decided to take Tra Holder last week when he made an unofficial visit and committed. Colorado also pulled out of the race when four-star Dominique Collier committed to the hometown school.
Now Benson is a 6-foot-3 guard and has the shooting and size to play off the ball some at the next level and thus we could see Arizona State and Colorado take Benson if he wanted to go there. Benson is likely going to leave the state of Arizona for basketball and Oregon and others could be the landing spot however.
Oregon presents a need for a replacement for Loyd and the chance to play alongside Artis is also there. At 6-foot-3 Benson would give Oregon options in their lineup.
This could come down as a Creighton and Oregon battle for a recruit. Pac-12 vs the new Big East. Altman at Oregon vs his former employer.
Odds to win the 2013-14 National Title
If you'd like to know the odds for Oregon and other college basketball teams to win the 2013-14 national championship Bovada.com has released their future bets.
Oregon is a 100/1 bet to win the national title. Seems about right if you ask me.
Kentucky is the favorite with 5/1 odds. Kansas (11/2), Louisville (17/2), Michigan State (12/1), and Duke (14/1) round out the top five.
Wait, I can get Louisville at 17/2?!?! [places bet now]
Arizona is the Pac-12's team with with the best odds to win it all at 15/1.
Other Pac-12 teams:
Arizona State 100/1
Washington State 200/1
Oregon State and Utah weren't listed. [insert sad panda picture]
Moser finishes finals
Incoming transfer Mike Moser has tweeted that he is now done with his finals at UNLV. Now Moser must wait to graduate from UNLV before he can arrive at Oregon. Moser had mentioned he would likely get onto the Oregon campus sometime near the first of June.