Saturday, April 24, 2010

Full-Court Press, April 24: Oregon has its coach

According to Jeff Goodman of, Oregon has finally found a head coach.

Creighton head coach Dana Altman has been offered the Ducks’ job, and will agree to it as early as tonight or tomorrow, sources tell Goodman.

“[Former Oregon athletic director] Pat [Kilkenny] continues to speak with multiple coaches about the Oregon job,” Oregon senior associate athletic director Joe Giansante said. “But every step of the way, Dana Altman's name has come up in the coaching fraternity. He's talked to a lot of people and without question, he's considered one of the best coaches in the country.”

Since Ernie Kent stepped down in March, Oregon has gone after big names, missing out on each one of them. The search has lasted 37 days thus far.

Altman has spent 16 season at Creighton, going to seven NCAA Tournaments and winning at least 20 games in 11 straight seasons prior to this past campaign.

Joseph ends recruitment

Cory Joseph, the top unsigned senior in the country, has made a decision.

The 6-3 point guard from Canada chose Texas on Friday, picking the Longhorns over Connecticut, Villanova, Minnesota and UNLV.

“Coach [Rick] Barnes and the staff, we have a good relationship,” Joseph told Adam Zagoria of “The style of play, they go up and down. I really feel like it can excel my game to the next level there. It was the best fit for me.”

At Texas, he will join Tristan Thompson, who was a teammate of Joseph on his high school team at Findlay Prep and his AAU team, Grassroots Canada.

Joseph has played his recruitment very close to the vest. His older brother, Devoe, plays for Minnesota, while many thought that Villanova could be the leader for his services.

“There’s no seconds or thirds or fourths or fifths,” Joseph said. “The five schools were great schools. It was a very hard decision. They all have great coaches. I got to talk to the coaches, and I just felt where I could fit best was Texas.”

Other tidbits

- 2011 forward Jaylen Bond committed to Pittsburgh on Friday, after visiting the Panthers and West Virginia last weekend.

- According to Jeff Goodman of, former Iowa sophomore forward Aaron Fuller has transferred to USC.

- Senior forward Jason Carter chose Alabama over Ole Miss on Friday. The Texas native also had offers from Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

- As reported by Jeff Goodman of via Twitter, former UCLA sophomore center J'Mison Morgan has transferred to Baylor.

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