Oregon’s two alums in the NBA are spending a lot of time sitting next to each other at the end of Indiana’s bench.
Aaron Brooks and Joseph Young have not been getting much playing time this season in a crowded backcourt for the Pacers. In his eighth season, Brooks is posting his lowest stat lines since his rookie year, and Young has yet to establish a regular role in his second season in the league.
Brooks is scoring 5.3 points per game in an average of 14.5 minutes and has played in 45 of 52 games during his first season with the Pacers. Young, a second-round pick last year by Indiana after earning Pac-12 player of the year honors, is scoring 2.5 points in five minutes over 24 games.
The list of Oregon basketball alumni include two in the NBA, three in the NBA Development League and six finishing their college careers at other programs. That doesn’t include an even greater number of former Ducks who are scattered around the globe playing basketball overseas — Dwayne Benjamin (Australia), Arsalan Kazemi (Iran) and Malik Hairston (Israel) — just to name a few of those playing in other smaller leagues.
Three ex-Ducks are playing in the NBA Development League with the hope of getting a call to join Brooks and Young in the NBA.
Michael Dunigan, a 6-foot-10 center who played at Oregon during the final two seasons under Ernie Kent, has averaged 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds during three seasons for the Canton Charge. His former teammate, E.J. Singler, has become a regular starter for Raptors 905 in Mississauga, Ontario, in his third year in the league, averaging 8.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Elgin Cook is one of the top rookies in the league, averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Former Duck Jason Calliste was recently released by Maine in the D-League before signing to play in a Canadian pro league.
Three players who transferred from Oregon are starting for other college programs, including seniors Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis, who were expelled from school following the 2013-14 season. Artis is averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists for UTEP, and Dotson ranks second at Houston with 17.2 points per game with 7.1 rebounds.
Montana sophomore Ahmaad Rorie is averaging 17.7 points, including 19 when he returned to Matthew Knight Arena for Oregon’s 81-67 victory over the Grizzlies.
Trevor Manuel, who left Oregon in the middle of last season, is averaging 6.2 points for Loyola Marymount.
Two former Ducks are sitting out this season, including Ben Carter, who moved to Michigan State as a graduate transfer this season after one season at UNLV, but suffered a season-ending knee injury that has him hoping to get a sixth season of eligibility. Guard Kendall Small transferred from Oregon to Pacific after last season and is sitting out because of NCAA rules.