A few weeks ago, Jaxson Robinson became one of the hottest names on the market as he entered the transfer portal on April 19. The Texas A&M freshman had a quiet 2020-21 season, averaging just 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds but his potential made him a top target for Oregon basketball.
Dana Altman is losing some big names from the 2020-21 roster such as Chris Duarte, LG Figueroa, Jalen Terry, Eugene Omoruyi, and Chandler Lawson.
To make matters worse, he lost Jonathan Lawson from his 2021 recruiting class as he joined his older brother Chandler and committed to Memphis.
Oregon had a lot of spots open up on the roster and there’s a clear need for another guard. The Ducks did win the recruiting battle for Oklahoma transfer De’Vion Harmon which should help the backcourt immensely but adding a shooting guard to make up for Duarte’s departure is important.
And according to a 247Sports report, Oregon has reached out to Robinson along with Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Robinson was ranked the No. 67 recruit in the 2020 class out of Ada, Okla., according to 247Sports‘ composite. At 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds, he was also considered to be a small forward, but he’s brought that length to the backcourt.
What Oregon basketball’s starting five would look like
If the Ducks did add Robinson, there’s a good chance he would come off the bench unless Altman wanted to go with Will Richardson at point and Harmon coming off the bench. He could go with a smaller lineup with Richardson and Harmon in the backcourt with point guard duties being split or he could go Richardson and Robinson for length.
Let’s say he puts Robinson in the starting five, this is what I think the lineup could look like:
- PG: Will Richardson
- SG: Jaxson Robinson
- SF: Eric Williams Jr.
- PF: Franck Kepnang
- C: N’Faly Dante
The Ducks would go from one of the smallest lineups in the Pac-12 to one of the biggest in the span of one season.
Don’t be scared away by Robinson’s small numbers from his freshman season, he just needed a change of scenery and a coaching staff willing to give him more than 9.8 minutes per game. He could be a star in Eugene.