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Ducks Announce Newcomers for 2012-13 Season
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 05/25/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman announced the addition of eight newcomers who will join the program for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The group, which is made up of two juniors and six freshmen, includes both scholarship and walk-on players. Click here to view the entire UO men’s basketball roster.

2012-13 NEWCOMERS
(starting with juniors, then listed alphabetically)

COLETON BAKER
Junior | Guard | 6-3 | 180
Sutherlin, Ore. (Umpqua CC / Oakland HS)

BEFORE OREGON
A preferred walk-on at UO ... Played two seasons at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. ... Was a first team all-conference selection in 2011-12 … Averaged 24 points and three steals per game ... Ranked as the top scorer in the Northwest Atheletic Association of Community Colleges South Region as a sophomore … Sat the 2010-11 season with an injury ... Averaged 16 points per game as a freshman in 2009-10 ... Played prep basketball at Oakland High School as a junior and senior … Earned first team all-state recognition in 2008-09 … A two-time all-conference selection while at Oakland HS … Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Sutherlin High School.

PERSONAL
Born April 3, 1991 … Son of Mike and Stacy Baker … Major is sociology.

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DEVON BRANCH
Junior | Guard | 6-4 | 175
Aberdeen, Md. (Cloud County CC)

BEFORE OREGON

Played two seasons at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan. … Played in 29 games and served as team captain as a sophomore ... Selected to the first team All-Jayhawk Western Conference and first team All-Region VI in 2011-12 ... Averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game … Shot 51 percent on field goal (195-of-386) and 41 percent from behind the 3-point arc (25-of-61) … Was also an 80 percent free throw shooter (177-of-222) … Ranked second on the team in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) … Saw action in all 31 games as a freshman … Was the conference's Freshman of the Year Runner-up to teammate Richard Carter … Was named second team All-Jayhawk Western Conference and second team All-Region VI ... Averaged a team-best 14.5 points per game and grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game as a freshman ... Ranked second on the team in steals and assists … Played prep basketball at Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Md. … Was a first team All-Hartford County selection as a senior … Averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in his senior campaign ... Named a team captain for both junior and senior seasons ... A four-year varsity starter at AHS … Played AAU basketball with the Baltimore Stars.

PERSONAL
Born April 23, 1990 … Son of Geneva Branch ... Major is history.

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ARIK ARMSTEAD
Freshman | Forward | 6-8 | 280
Sacramento, Calif. (Pleasant Grove HS)

BEFORE OREGON
A three-year starter in basketball at Pleasant Grove High School … Graduated early from PGHS and enrolled at Oregon for the 2012 Spring quarter … Entered senior season listed at No. 3 in NorCalPrep.com’s Top 40 boys basketball rankings for Class of 2012 … Averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior before cutting short his prep career to focus on collegiate football … Received All-Delta River League recognition as a junior … Averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2010-11 … Also an accomplished football player ... A two-way standout on the defensive and offensive lines for head coach Joe Cattolico at Pleasant Grove HS … Selected to the U.S. Army All-American game and a member of the 2012 Parade All-America team … Tallied 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks and broke up three passes in his final prep campaign, helping lead the Eagles to the California Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game … Named to Cal-Hi Sports all-state first team as an offensive lineman … 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section first-team offensive lineman … Recorded 45 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and one blocked field goal as a junior … Named All-NorCal first-team selection on the offensive line, as well as first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee during junior campaign … Named Delta River League Lineman of the Year in 2010 … Posted 39 tackles, two sacks, four pass breakups and recovered one fumble as a sophomore.

PERSONAL
Parents are Guss and Christa Armstead ... Has two brothers, one sister ... Major is sports marketing.

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DOMINIC ARTIS
Freshman | Guard | 6-1 | 185
Oakland, Calif. (Findlay Prep)

BEFORE OREGON
Played senior season at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. … Helped lead the Pilots to a 32-1 record and an ESPNHS National High School Invitational title in 2011-12 ... Averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior … Led the team in steals and ranked second on the team in assists ... Shot 52.7 percent on field goals and 33.7 percent on 3-pointers … Also a 78.1 percent shooter from the free throw line ... Named to the 2012 HoopHall Classic All-Tournament Second Team … An all-tournament selection at the 2012 Good Samaritan Flyin' To The Hoop Basketball Invitational … Voted Inspirational Player of the Game in Findlay Prep’s 73-61 win over cross-town rival Bishop Gorman High School in the 2012 Big City Showdown ... Played freshman through junior seasons at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. … Averaged 14 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior at SHS … As a freshman in 2009, helped lead SHS to California’s Division IV state title … Played AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers … Also considered UCLA, California, St. Johns, Florida State, Memphis and Georgia Tech.

PERSONAL
Born July 7, 1993 ... Son of Greg and Tamara Davis ... Major is business administration.

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BEN CARTER
Freshman | Forward | 6-8 | 228
Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)

BEFORE OREGON
Played prep basketball at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. … Sat most of senior season with an injury ... Averaged 10.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... Was a third team all-state selection and an all-conference honoree in 2011-12 ... Averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing as a junior ... Also earned all-state and all-conference recognition in junior season ... Helped lead BGHS to a 25-6 overall record in 2010-11 … A member of the BGHS squad that won a state title in his sophomore season (playing alongside current UO player Johnathan Loyd) … Prep coach was Grant Rice ... Played AAU basketball for the Las Vegas Lakers under the direction of head coach (and father) Mike Carter … Also considered USC, UNLV, San Diego State, Utah and New Mexico.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 22, 1994 in Tel Aviv, Israel ... Son of Mike and Hadar Carter ... Major is economics.

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DAMYEAN DOTSON
Freshman | Guard | 6-5 | 195
Houston, Tex. (Yates HS)

BEFORE OREGON
Played prep basketball at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas … Averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game as a senior … Named 2012 Greater Houston Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle … Selected as 4A All-State, All-Region 3 and All-District 21 in his senior season … Named team captain in 2011-12 … Led JYHS to the 4A state title game scoring 23 points in a losing effort … Registered 26 points in the semifinal round of the state tourney to send JYHS to the title game … Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a junior … Recognized as the District 21 Newcomer of the Year … Also an all-district performer as a junior … Member of JYHS team that was a consensus No. 1 ranked prep team in the nation in 2009-10 … Helped lead JYHS to a state title as a sophomore … Played prep basketball for Greg Wise ... Played AAU basketball for Houston Hoops under the direction of coach Byron Gibson … Also considered Arkansas, Colorado, Texas Tech and Baylor

PERSONAL
Born May 6, 1994 ... Son of Lorie Dotson ... Major is communications.

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WILLIE MOORE
Freshman | Guard | 6-3 | 195
Cincinnati, Ohio (Aiken HS)

BEFORE OREGON
Played prep basketball at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, Ohio … A Division II-IV first team selection by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a senior ... Named a team captain ... Averaged 16.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011-12 … Named team MVP as a junior ... Averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals in the 2010-11 season … Also considered South Carolina, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech ... Played AAU ball for the Cincinnati Knights and All-Ohio Purple.

PERSONAL
Born Jan. 25, 1993 ... Son of William Oats and Marie Moore ... Major is undeclared.

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FRED RICHARDSON III
Freshman | Guard | 6-5 | 215
Houston, Tex. (Clear Brook HS)

BEFORE OREGON

Played prep basketball at Clear Brook High School in Clear Brook, Tex. … Is the all-time leading scorer at CBHS with 1,820 career points in four seasons as a varsity player … Helped high school team to a 29-4 overall record in 2011-12 … Averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as a senior … Was a 5A All-Region 3 honoree … Named to the All-District 24 team where he was recognized as both the Overall MVP and Offensive MVP … Earned all-tournament honors for District 24 … Shot 50 percent on field goals and 36 percent from behind the 3-point arc in 2011-12 … Scored 20 or more points on 20 occasions in his senior campaign … Reached double-figures in scoring in all but one of his 33 outings in 2011-12 … Averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior … Named first team All-District 24 and Offensive MVP in junior season … Played prep basketball for coach Jason Pillow … Played AAU basketball for the Houston Defenders under the direction of coach Aaron Harrison … Also considered Kansas State, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Baylor.

PERSONAL
Born Oct. 2, 1993 … Son of Fred Richardson Jr. and Ginia Hamilton … Major is business administration.

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