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Ducks ink four recruits for 2011 basketball

DuckTerritory.com has been able to confirm all four of men's basketball head coach Dana Altman's commitments have sent their letters of intent into the school Wednesday. An official press release from the University of Oregon will be released when the program is officially done recruiting.

Oregon has signed Jabari Brown, Brett Kingma, Bruce Barron, and Austin Kuemper to the 2011 recruiting class.

Jabari Brown
Oakland, CA (Oakland High School)
6'5 SG
Other Schools: Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Washington, Kansas, Arizona.

Brown picked the Ducks because of the coaching staff headlined by Dana Altman and the chance to play for a program he felt "is rebuilding and can be part of bringing Oregon basketball back". Brown chose Oregon in front of a national audience on an ESPNU telecast.

Brown is the Ducks’ high profile recruit and is Altman's best talent signed in his first two signing periods to date. The 6'5 guard is an aggressive offensive scorer who is thought to be one of the best shooters in the nation. Brown brings instant success to the recruiting trail for Oregon and will give the Ducks a marquee player for years to come.

Brett Kingma
Mills Creek, WA (Jackson High School)
6'1 PG/SG
Other Options: Washington, Arizona State, BYU, Vanderbilt.

Kingma picked Oregon in part growing up a big Luke Ridnour fan and Oregon fan in general. Kingma told DuckTerritory.com that the relationship with coach Dana Altman and assistant Brian Fish "was a huge factor in that they looked at me as a person and not a player."

Along with signing Jabari Brown the Ducks land another one of the west coast's best shooters. Kingma has a very good jump-shot with one of the fastest releases in the prep ranks. His ability to also play point guard will give the Ducks multiple rotation options.

Kingma was one who took advantage of a strong summer season on the AAU circuit that had more college coaches come calling. Once had back-to-back 50 point efforts during the AAU season.

Bruce Barron
Carbondale, IL (Carbondale High School)
6'3 PG
Other Options: Cincinnati, DePaul, Iowa, Marquette, Illinois, Oklahoma State

Barron flew under the radar as no one knew the Ducks were heavily involved until Barron committed to the Ducks. Oregon brought him in for an official visit and shortly after his visit he committed to Dana Altman.

Barron is a slashing type guard that grew up watching big brother Justin Dentmon star for the Washington Huskies and prides himself in playing the same way with his own flair added to the mix.

Barron will arrive in Eugene and like Kingma be used in a combo-guard role for the Ducks starting out. His thick frame allows him to get into the heart of a defense and create open looks for others. Will be a good paring to the outside shooters

Austin Kuemper
Portland, OR (Westview High School)
6'9 PF/C
Other options: Iowa State, Washington State, Pittsburgh (no offer), entire WCC conference.

Kuemper committed to Oregon just as his stock started to really sore. His AAU coach stated at the time of his commitment that schools from the Big 10 and Big East had started to show serious interest.

Being close to home was a deciding factor for the physical post player as was a chance to play early for the Ducks.

Kuemper is an old fashion post player who plays with a small mean streak in his game. Kuemper is a great player who fights for position down low and works hard for the rebounds. He will play a huge role for the Ducks in future years in the post. Kuemper is considered to be one of the best posts on the west coast.

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