When Quincy Guerrier hit the market earlier this month, Dana Altman knew that he would have another crack at getting him to Eugene.
Oregon basketball lost a number of important pieces this offseason to graduation, the NBA draft, and transfers. LG Figueroa is playing basketball overseas, Chris Duarte and Eugene Omoruyi are hoping to get drafted, and Chandler Lawson and Jalen Terry transferred to Memphis and DePaul, respectively.
Guerrier played in 60 games over two seasons with Syracuse, starting all 28 games during his sophomore campaign in 2020-21. He averaged 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor. His 3-point shot could use some work, however, as he made just 27 percent of his shots from distance and he wasn’t the most reliable free throw shooter.
Still, he’s a wing and Oregon could use one. Here’s why he should pick the Ducks.
3. Oregon basketball needs veteran leaders
Gone are Chris Duarte, Eugene Omoruyi, and LG Figueroa which means that the Ducks are losing some veteran leaders. Three key figures in the leadership department leaving the program could hurt more than people think, especially if they aren’t adequately replaced.
Oregon could not only use Quincy Guerrier on the court but off it as a veteran leader who the younger guys look up to.
Entering his third season, he has plenty of experience, playing in 60 games, but he was also a starter for an NCAA Tournament team in 2020-21. That’s the type of veteran leadership and experience that will help replace three departing professionals to perfection.
Guerrier would be the perfect player to improve the chemistry and hold teammates accountable. Sure, Will Richardson and Eric Williams could do that, but they’ll need help.