One week ago, Dana Altman and Oregon basketball offered five-star Dior Johnson who happens to be the No. 1 point guard in the 2022 class.
It seemed like it was late in the game, but since he transferred out to the West Coast to finish his high school ball, the Ducks joined the fold and hoped that they could make a late impression.
It looks like it worked.
About six months after decommitting from Syracuse, the five-star point guard is narrowing his list down and he included a couple of brand new offers in his top five which he released on Thursday afternoon.
Oregon was one of the lucky ones to make the cut.
Alabama, Washington, Kentucky, and the NBL also made the cut. He is still considering that pro route right out of high school but is reportedly not interested in the G-League or the new Overtime league.
The fact that Oregon made the cut just goes to show that the Ducks were already high on his personal list and all he needed was an offer.
How Johnson would fit with Oregon basketball
Oregon loses Will Richardson after this upcoming season and there’s a good chance De’Vion Harmon could go the pro route as well. Losing Jalen Terry to a transfer this offseason, the Ducks will be in the market for a point guard.
That’s where Johnson comes into play.
Johnson would come right in and probably win the starting point guard job right away unless of course, Harmon decides to come back for another season. Even if that’s the case, the Ducks could feature a smaller backcourt with Harmon and Johnson.
Jerry Meyer of 247Sports gave him quite the comp, likening him to De’Aaron Fox with his speed and athleticism. He’s a solid shooter but he could afford to improve in that regard.
Oregon and Washington just offered last week and both are in his top five. A week ago I would have told you that the Ducks don’t stand a chance but now I’d be shocked if they don’t sit near the top of his list of five finalists.