Evaluating Joseph Young to Oregon

Last year Oregon dipped into Texas to pluck Daymean Dotson from Yates High School in Houston. Dotson averaged over 11 points per game as a freshman, and was playing his best when Oregon made their improbable run to the Sweet 16. Now Oregon has gone back to Houston for another Yates player, only this time it's a transfer.

Young left Houston when his father – a member of Houston's famed Phi Slama Jama, and longtime assistant for the Cougars – was demoted.

This is a huge pickup for Oregon, and should he be ruled eligible to play next season he'll have a similar impact to last year's transfer Arsalan Kazemi.

Young played for an average Houston team, and paired with TaShawn Thomas to be a high-volume tandem of scorers. Young led the team with 18.0 points per game, and attempted 26.6% of the shots when he was on the floor. The highest volume player on Oregon was Dotson, who took a 25.7% of the shots. So Young can go from one team with a one-two punch to another, only this time he'll be playing with his former high school teammate.

The 6-3 Young was the most efficient player in Conference USA. He made 48% of his 2s, 42% of his 3s, and 88% of his free throws. He didn't turn the ball over, and he drew 4.6 fouls per 40 (would have been 2nd on Oregon). His only real weakness is that he's a poor rebounder.

Last year Oregon was a bad 3-point shooting team (202nd in 3-pt%), and they graduated their best shooter in EJ Singler. Now – if Young is eligible – they instantly have a player who can create space by stretching the defense.

This is probably one of the top three or four transfers of the year, and a great get for the Ducks.