MBB: Ducks add talented transfer in guard Eric Williams Jr.

Ryan Kostecka

Under head coach Dana Altman, Oregon has done a great job of implementing transfers with players who’ve been a Duck since day one.

When Altman combined transfers Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis with regulars Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey, the Ducks reached the Final Four and came one rebound away from the national championship game.

Joe Young, another transfer, was an all-Pac-12 guard for the Ducks while Paul White helped spearhead last season’s surprise run to the Sweet-16.

This season appears to be no different for Altman and the Ducks as they picked up one more big-time transfer in former Duquesne guard Eric Williams Jr. Williams, who visited the Ducks over the weekend, was one of the most sought-out transfers on the market but ultimately chose Eugene.

Williams, who averaged 14.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a freshman before posting 14 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore, is expected to sit out one year before being eligible for his final two seasons.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard will provide immediate depth and all-around play to a team that’s losing Bol Bol and Louis King to the NBA while Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten have yet to make a final decision.

For the upcoming season, Altman is already armed with Chris Duarte — the reigning NJCAA national player of the year — set to join the Ducks with five-star CJ Walker, four-star Chandler Lawson and four-star Isaac Johnson, who report to Oregon after serving a two-year LDS mission.