EUGENE — Dana Altman hopes some of his new players can help Oregon rebound as well as it did last season.
He wants some familiar faces to help the Ducks improve on their three-point shooting.
"We were almost plus-seven in rebounds last year, but we didn't shoot the ball particularly well from three-point range," Altman said. "The plus-seven was the difference in a lot of our games and if we were able to shoot it a little bit better from three-point range, which I think we will, and keep that plus-seven, then our chances of winning will go way up."
Oregon lost its top four rebounders from last season, including Arsalan Kazemi who averaged a team-high 10 per game.
He was joined in the senior class by E.J. Singler, the former South Medford standout, and Carlos Emory, who averaged 4.9 and 4.4 rebounds, respectively, and Tony Woods, who was tied for fourth on the team with 3.5 rebounds per game.
"Rebounding will be something that we will talk to them about all year because it will be pretty important to us," Altman said.
Oregon led the Pac-12 with 37.5 rebounds per game while limiting its opponents to 31.3. That differential of 6.2 was second in the conference.
The only returnees on the front line are senior center Waverly Austin and sophomore forward Ben Carter. The 6-foot-11 Austin averaged just about one rebound every four minutes on the floor in limited action.
"With Tony and Arsalan gone, Waverly's experience in our program could really help us," Altman said. "If he focuses on defense and rebounding, that's where we need him to really start.
"Points will come but he has got to be on the floor and if he gets rebounds and plugs up the middle defensively, then he will get his chances offensively."
Oregon added 6-foot-8 senior Mike Moser, whose average of 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore at UNLV was 10th in the nation. Last year, he averaged 6.1 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game.
The Ducks also have added to the front line with junior college transfers Richard Amardi and Elgin Cook who both averaged around six rebounds for their respective teams last year.
"It is going to have to be where everybody picks up some," Altman said.
"Mike has traditionally put up some good numbers so I am anxious to see what he gives us. Elgin has a chance to be a good rebounder and Richard has been a good rebounder. It will be something we talk about every day. No matter who you are on our team, if you don't see rebounding as part of your role, your playing time will probably not be as much as you want it."
Oregon was 10th in the Pac-12 last season in three-point shooting at 33.3 percent. Point guard Dominic Artis shot 35.8 percent and leads the returnees, followed by Damyean Dotson at 32.9 percent and Johnathan Loyd at 31 percent.
"I think we will be a better shooting team from the perimeter, which should open things up more inside," Altman said. "Guys worked at it awfully hard this summer. D.A. and Dot and Johnny put in a lot of work so I hope we shoot it a little better.
"I thought we had some good looks last year and in retrospect, we had a lot of open shots I thought we should have hit."
Oregon has added senior guard Jason Calliste, who shot 36.5 percent on three-pointers last season at Detroit, as well as junior-college transfer Jalil Abdul-Bassit, who shot 38.5 percent at North Idaho College.
Junior guard Joseph Young, a transfer from Houston, shot 42 percent on three-pointers last season, but he is still waiting on an NCAA eligibility ruling.