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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Houston's top scorer transfers to Oregon

    The 6-foot-3 Young scored 18 points per game last season for the Cougars
  • The revision of the Oregon men's basketball roster continues, with the latest addition a transfer from Houston who hopes to be eligible to play next season.
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  • The revision of the Oregon men's basketball roster continues, with the latest addition a transfer from Houston who hopes to be eligible to play next season.
    Joseph Young, who led the Cougars in scoring last season, has decided to enroll at Oregon, with DuckTerritory.com first reporting the decision after Young visited Eugene earlier in the week.
    After announcing he would transfer, Young said he would also visit Arizona and Florida but canceled those plans in committing to the Ducks.
    The 6-foot-3 Young said he plans an appeal to the NCAA to be granted immediate eligibility, citing the need to transfer after his father, Michael Young, was relieved of his duties as director of operations for the Houston basketball team.
    "I guess he loves his dad more than he loves the University of Houston," the elder Young told the Houston Chronicle. "He made a statement to me that he can't play for a coach that doesn't want his dad to be part of the staff."
    Michael Young played with the "Phi Slamma Jamma" teams at Houston, and ranks as the school's third-leading career scorer and had his jersey number retired. He had been on the basketball staff for the past 16 years, seven in the position of director of operations until being reassigned to a community service role in the athletic department.
    Because Joseph Young has already redshirted a season at Houston before playing the past two years, if he is forced to redshirt this season under the normal rules for a transfer, he would only have a season of eligibility at Oregon. If granted his waiver to play this season, he will be a junior for the Ducks.
    The addition of Young, who averaged 18 points and ranked among the Conference USA leaders in three-point shooting, brings to eight the potential number of new Ducks for next season, including three who had been connected with four-year schools.
    Added earlier were two who will have only one season of eligibility remaining, Mike Moser and Richard Amaradi. The 6-8 Moser played his first three seasons at UNLV while Amaradi played last season at Indiana Hills Community College before signing a letter of intent with Iowa State. After being released from that commitment, the 6-9 Amaradi selected Oregon as his new destination.
    The Ducks also signed two junior college recruits in the spring signing period, Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Elgin Cook. The 6-3 Abdul-Bassit will be a junior and the 6-6 Cook will have three seasons of eligibility at Oregon.
    In the fall, Oregon signed three players who will be freshmen in eligibility in 6-4 A.J. Lapray, 6-8 Jordan Bell and 6-9 Cristiano Felicio, though there remains the possibility that Felicio, a native of Brazil, won't clear entrance requirements of the university and NCAA.
    The five returning scholarship players for the Ducks are seniors Johnathan Loyd and Waverly Austin and sophomores Dominic Artis, Ben Carter and Damyean Dotson. Since last season ended, Austin Kuemper, Willie Moore and Fred Richardson III, all freshmen, have left the program, along with four seniors who completed their eligibility.
    In Young, the Ducks have added a player who made 42 percent of his three-point attempts last season, with a total of 66, as the Cougars went 20-13 and played in the College Basketball Invitational. Young scored at least 20 points in 14 games, with a high of 32 points in a game in which he also had nine assists.
    At Yates High in Houston, where Dotson also played, Young was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Texas, and named third-team all-American by Parade Magazine. After redshirting his first season at Houston, he averaged 11.3 points as a freshman before 18.0 last season.
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