Devon Branch Commits to Oregon

The Ducks have added their fourth commitment for their 2012 men’s basketball recruiting class. Highly-ranked shooting guard, Devon Branch, will join the team citing familiarity to the JUCO college he has played for and the excitement to play with a few players.

Branch is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard who has played for the last two years at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas. In the 29 games he played his sophomore year, he averaged 20.4 points a game, made 25-61 three-point shots, and was an 80 percent free throw shooter, all according to NJCAA.com.

Feb 19, 2012; Stanford CA, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dana Altman on the sidelines against the Stanford Cardinal during the second half at Maples Pavilion. Oregon defeated Stanford 68-64. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

In an article by the Baltimore Sun on December 28th, 2011, Branch talked to the paper about his visits to Maryland and Towson. It was revealed that he didn’t meet “NCAA qualifying standards” and “worked at a Holiday Inn in Aberdeen for a year,” where he graduated from.

Branch also had interest from Texas A&M, Kansas State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers.

According to a recent article by the Baltimore Sun, Branch felt very comfortable with the settings at Oregon during his recent visit on April 7th, saying that “everything just felt like it was at Cloud.” Playing with athletes such as E.J. Singler and new recruit Dominic Artis was also “a major selling point.” A day later, Branch made his commitment.

Branch joins aforementioned Artis, Ben Carter, and Damyean Dotson as the commitments for this year. Oregon still remains in the running to pick up Anthony Bennett, who had an official visit on April 8th. According to the Sporting News just a few days ago, he has “narrowed his choices to UNLV, Kentucky, Washington, Oregon, and Florida” and plans to pick a school early next month.

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Topics: 2012 Recruiting, Anthony Bennett, Basketball Recruiting, Ben Carter, Cloud County Community College, Concordia, Damyean Dotson, Dana Altman, Devon Branch, Dominic Artis, E.J. Singler, Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Towson, UNLV, Virginia Tech, Washington

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