EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon head men’s basketball coach Dana Altman announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent.
Joining the Ducks’
2011-12 squad are guards Bruce Barron
Preparatory School), Jabari Brown
(Oakland, Calif./Oakland HS) and Brett
(Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS) along with center Austin Kuemper
(Portland, Ore./Westview HS).
Player capsules below (listed alphabetically).
Bruce Barron | Video
Guard | 6-3 | 200 lbs
Carbondale, Ill. (Brehm Preparatory School)
Plays prep basketball at Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, Ill. … led AAU basketball team (Illinois Titans) to a national title in 2009, averaging 18 points per game in the senior national tournament … chose Oregon over Oklahoma State, Marquette and Indiana … also played AAU basketball for the Mac Irvin Fire.
Quoting Bruce Barron:
“I feel like the West Coast is for me. My brother playing at Washington, that made me want the experience of playing in the Pac-10.”
“That was a big issue to me because I want to see how far I can lead a team. I’m capable of leading a team, that’s what I’ve always done”
Jabari Brown | Video
Guard | 6-4 | 200 lbs
Oakland, Calif./Oakland HS
Started junior season at Findlay Prep (Nev.) where he averaged 16 points per game before transferring mid-year to Oakland High School … averaged 23.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game at Oakland High the rest of his junior campaign ... led Oakland High to second round of the state playoffs … chose Oregon over Arizona State, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Washington … played AAU ball for the Drew Gooden Soldiers.
Quoting Jabari Brown:
“The coaches did the best job of making me feel like I was a priority. That was a big thing for me, knowing that coaches really want you.”
“I see myself fitting in well. I’m a team player, I want to be a leader and do anything I can to bring the team around.”
“The facilities definitely helped in my decision. The school has done a lot for the foundation of the program. And the academic center was impressive, it shows that Oregon really cares about what we do off the court.”
“I am really excited about working with Coach Altman and the staff. I really want to be a key part of the team and get back to the Elite Eight and have fans pumped about Oregon basketball like they are Oregon football.”
Brett Kingma | Video
Guard | 6-1 | 165 lbs
Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS
Averaged 25 points, four steals and four assists per game as a junior … Led Jackson High School to the 2010 Washington Class 4A title game … chose Oregon over Arizona State, Brigham Young and Washington … played AAU ball for the Friends of Hoop.
Quoting Brett Kingma:
“I developed a really good relationship with the coaching staff during the recruiting process. They want me to succeed not only as a basketball player but also as a person. I just know that the basketball program will continue to build with Coach Altman.”
“Growing up, watching Luke Ridnour lead those Oregon teams, he was my idol. We’re both the same size and from the same area. So I’ve always been interested in Oregon.”
Austin Kuemper | Video
Center | 6-9 | 240 lbs
Portland, Ore./Westview HS
Averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior for Westview High School … helped lead WHS to the 2010 OSAA 6A Boys state title game, scoring a team-best 17 points in a 66-44 loss to Jesuit … also led WHS to a second-round appearance at the 2009 OSAA 6A Boys State Tournament … chose Oregon over Iowa State, San Diego State, USC and Washington State … played AAU ball for ICP.
Quoting Austin Kuemper:
“The first time I came on a visit, I was blown away by the school spirit and the fans. As soon as I saw the facilities and the support that the school could provide, I knew that was where I wanted to go and spend my college experience.”
“Being close to my family was important, but it was my decision to make. As soon as I stepped foot on the Oregon campus, I knew that was where I wanted to go.”