Five-Star Recruit Louis King Commits to Oregon

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Dana Altman and his staff earned a big recruiting win Thursday, as New Jersey five-star small forward Louis King committed to Oregon

Ranked as the nation's #16 recruit by 247Sports and #21 by ESPN, King adds an immediate impact wing player to the squad

Read More: Andrew Nemec's Analysis (OregonLive) | ESPN Recruiting Analysis

I loved my visit and I feel head coach Dana Altman is the perfect fit for me.
— Louis King talking to ESPN

From all accounts we've read, King is a dynamic scorer, while adding versatility to the defensive end. At 6-8, with a seven-foot wingspan, King can guard multiple positions.

Welcome to Oregon, Mr. King!

Five Oregon Men's Basketball Games We're Excited For

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The Oregon Men's Basketball season is less than two months from the first official tip-off, which means it's time to start talking basketball a bit. The Ducks released their 2017-18 schedule this week and there are a handful of games that stand out amongst the rest. 

Additional Reads: View the Schedule | Weekends Dotted with Marquee Opponents

Here are our top five favorites at first glance:

November 23 - UCONN

Oregon gets their first big-time test of the season in their first game of the PK80 Invitational in Portland. Squaring off against the UConn Huskies, the Ducks will face a perennial tournament challenger. While game one will surely be entertaining - and a great way to see the Ducks play in Portland - they'll perhaps have an even greater challenge the following day against Michigan State, a team many are ranking in pre-season top five rankings.

December 13 - PORTLAND STATE

This game against the Vikings should be a relatively relaxed contest, as the Ducks are by far the better team on paper. What makes this one exciting is that a win in Eugene could very well mean the squad has won 50 straight home games. What a milestone! Obviously the team will need to take care of business before, but 50 straight wins at home is big-time.

January 18 - USC

Returning the core of last year's talented team, USC has the players to contend for a top ten ranking during the season. It remains to be seen if the Trojans will be able to match the expectations set at the end of last season, but regardless, they'll be a foe this season for Oregon and a squad capable of beating the Ducks at home.

February 17 - UCLA

Trap games don't happen all that often in college basketball, as the churn of games creates quick turnaround and a need to focus on the one game in front of you. With that said, Oregon takes on USC in Los Angeles on February 15, only to turn around two days later to play against UCLA. USC will be a mighty test and the heart of the season will be in play. UCLA offers a top 25 test, and while there is no Lonzo Ball this year to contend with, the Bruins have plenty of talent make their own run in the Pac-12.

February 24 - ARIZONA

If the Ducks take care of business at home against USC and UCLA, don't be surprised if they take their undefeated home streak into the final stage of the regular season, in particular this clash against Arizona. The Wildcats are considered by most national experts as the top team entering the 2017-18 season, bringing back a tremendous amount of talent from last season's squad and adding in a few marquee recruits. Needless to say, Arizona is loaded and this will offer the young Ducks quite a challenge.

The season is coming, the squad is preparing and we can't wait to see what this year's squad can do on the court.

Back in the Top 25

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The fantastic start to the season for Oregon Football propelled the Ducks back into both the AP Top 25 Poll and Amway Coaches Poll, as Oregon entered the two polls at #24 in the country.

The Pac-12 currently has five teams ranked in the top 25, as USC and Washington each rank in the top ten in both polls, while Washington State ranks in the top 20 and Utah and Oregon round out the quintet. Stanford, who was ranked, dropped out after their loss to San Diego State.

The Ducks now set their sights on Arizona State, as they travel to Tempe Saturday to square off against the Sun Devils with a 7pm kick-off. 

Oregon Football: Why Mindset Matters

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If you haven't read it yet, GoDucks editor Rob Moseley breaks down Coach Willie Taggart and his effort to bring 'swag' back to Autzen. If you've been following Coach Willie Taggart since being hired as head coach, you've certainly read time and again that one of his first goals was to change the mindset of his squad. 

It wasn't that last year's team was broken, but Coach Taggart saw areas the team could improve upon, include cohesion amongst the entire team, not just individual position groups, having more confidence on the field and on the sidelines, while being more physical - mentally and physically.

All of this sounds good and makes sense, but the mindset shift is key to the success of Oregon Football for two very different reasons.

Mindset Matters For Two Reasons

1. The Current Team

Last year's Oregon Football team earned a 4-8 record. A change in leadership was made, a few players transferred out and there seemed to be nowhere to go but up. But we know that's not the case. A team in a downward spiral often times gets stuck and keeps trending in the wrong direction. To flip that direction takes a mindset shift, one where 4-8 is simply not acceptable. 

Coach Taggart and his enthusiastic staff had brought fresh energy to the team. It was clear to see against Southern Utah, as players celebrated big plays, were more physical throughout the game and had plenty of fun on the sidelines. While Southern Utah wasn't the toughest of opponents, the squad showed a level of enthusiasm, drive and energy not seen for some time. 

Mindset matters as the season carries on and bringing that same energy game in and game out will keep players focused and driven in challenging and crucial moments.

2. The Future Team

Did you know the Ducks have never had a top-10 recruiting class in the national rankings. Ever. Yet here we are, as the recruiting season heats up, with Oregon ranked in the top ten in all the major recruiting rankings - even holding the top spot in one or two. 

Read More: Pac-12 Football Recruiting Rankings (OregonLive)

Recruits, often 16-18 years old, care about who their future coaches and teammates will be. They keep tabs on tweets, videos and other items the top schools recruiting them share out. While it's easy to promote former players in the NFL and the success seen on the field, it's easy to argue that the culture of a program they are stepping into is even more important. 

There's a buzz in Eugene, headed up by Coach Taggart, his staff and the player leaders on the team. The buzz is contagious and when a recruit commits to Oregon, it's important the student-athlete becomes infused in that energy and spreads it out themselves - including to future teammate or potential future teammates. 

Recruiting is a key pillar to a program's success. If you're record on the field isn't what it used to be, putting a spotlight on the culture, of the mindset, of your program to sell where you are headed becomes of the upmost important. 

Oregon Football is going to be fun to follow this fall. No question. Seeing the buzz, energy and mindset everyone involved with the program is starting to spread, well, it is contagious. 

Ducks Moving Up the Rankings

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After their dominating 77-21 victory over Southern Utah last Saturday, Oregon Football is rising up the rankings. In the latest AP Poll and Coaches Poll, the Ducks rank #42 and #41 respectively, gaining votes in each compared to where they sat in the pre-season rankings.

The Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll | Amway Coaches Poll

While Oregon has become the favorites for this Saturday's clash against Nebraska, a victory will certainly be hard fought. Nebraska ranks only a few spots behind in each poll, heightening the intensity as game day approaches.

Five Reasons to Attend the 2017 Big Green Benefit

The RBC Wealth Management Big Green Benefit is a fun-filled evening celebrating the success of Oregon Athletics, honoring those who've helped define the program, while spending time with fellow Oregon alumni, family and friends.

If you've yet to register, check out the five reasons below to attend this year's event!

Five Reasons to Attend the Big Green Benefit

  1. Honor Pat Kilkenny - Every year we honor a living legend of Oregon Athletics and this year we're excited to celebrate former University of Oregon Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny.
     
  2. Going Once...Going Twice... - You won't find a better auction in Portland with Oregon Duck auction items, so get ready to bid in both silent and live auctions.
     
  3. Support Your Ducks - Proceeds from the Big Green Benefit, including the auction, go to support student-athlete scholarships and all of the incredible sports teams at the University of Oregon.
     
  4. Dinner and Drinks - As always, we have a delicious dinner planned, as well as host beer and wine and no-host cocktails. We promise you'll leave happy and full!
     
  5. Get Ready for Nebraska - With the Huskers heading to Eugene only two days later, the Big Green Benefit is the perfect event to get ready for a big weekend of football.

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