Joseph Young

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.

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