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Ducks bolster front line with 6-10 JC transfer

EUGENE — The Oregon men’s basketball team got a verbal commitment on Sunday from 6-foot-10 junior-college forward Kavell Bigby-Williams, who visited the Ducks over the weekend, including a trip to Hayward Field to watch the Pepsi Team Invitational.

Bigby-Williams was an all-American at Gillette (Wyo.) College as a sophomore this season when he averaged 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.8 blocked shots.

“Been a lot of hard work and a tough decision but doing my research on every school I feel Oregon is the best fit,” Bigby-Williams wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.

Bigby-Williams follows the path set last year by Chris Boucher, who was a junior-college star in Wyoming before averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game for the Ducks as a junior. Boucher set the school record with 110 blocked shots.

Oregon will have an imposing front line with Bigby-Williams joining Boucher and Jordan Bell, who have combined for the top three single seasons at Oregon for blocked shots. In addition, Dillon Brooks is expected to return for his junior season.

The Ducks have at least one more scholarship remaining to be used during the spring signing period, which begins Wednesday. Oregon could have additional scholarships available if Dylan Ennis is not granted a sixth year of eligibility or any players choose to transfer or declare for the NBA draft.

Bigby-Williams is the lone junior-college player currently in Oregon’s recruiting class, which features three freshmen.