Joseph Young averaged 18 points and 2.5 assists per game last season. (William Purnell/Icon SMI)
The transfer market has been especially kind to Oregon the past two seasons. The Ducks scooped Iranian center Arsalan Kazemi out of the mass exodus that befell Rice last offseason, and slotted him into the lineup immediately once the NCAA granted his undergraduate hardship waiver. The rewards were plain: Grabbing a rebounding force and future NBA draft pick gave the Ducks the frontcourt anchor they desperately needed to power last season’s Pac-12 resurgence.
The trend carried over into this offseason, when the Ducks received confirmation that former UNLV forward Mike Moser would use the NCAA’s graduate transfer clause to play out his final year of eligibility in Eugene.
Adding Moser was a power move on its own. But coach Dana Altman didn’t stop there. On Friday, Houston transfer Joseph Young announced he would join Moser on Oregon’s list of transfer prizes this offseason.
The move follows the Cougars’ decision to demote Michael Young, Joseph’s father, from his former position as director of basketball operations to a less important role on Houston’s basketball staff. The elder Young, as you may recall, was a member of the Cougars’ legendary Phi Slamma Jamma team. Young felt like he got the short end of the stick, announced his resignation and took son Joseph on the way out.
Which brings us to Friday’s news, wherein Young promises to give the Ducks another massive transfer-aided boost. He averaged 18.0 points and 2.5 assists per game, shot 42.0 percent from the field and posted a 124.0 offensive rating while using just 22.7 percent of available possessions.
The impact of Young’s move is easy to predict: consistent, efficient scoring on a nightly basis and another talented perimeter piece to throw into an already impressive backcourt. Whether Young will actually be able to play this season is the bigger question. Like Kazemi, Young could apply for an undergraduate hardship waiver -- based on the contentious circumstances surrounding his (and his dad’s) departure from Houston -- allowing him to play right away.
The NCAA would need to review his case and find reason to give Young the greenlight to bypass the usual one-year transfer waiting penalty. His entry date is important, but the implications for Oregon are great all the same.