Class of 2017 four-star small forward Abu Kigab announced on Friday via his Twitter account, that he would be attending the University of Oregon. Prior to the decision, he had narrowed it down between the Ducks and the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The 6’7″, 190-pound forward out of Justin-Siena HS in Napa, California, becomes the Ducks’ second recruit in the class of 2017. He joins a fellow four-star recruit in point guard Victor Bailey, who will be trekking to the northwest from Austin, Texas.
With Kigab having narrowed his options down to Oregon and Illinois coming into Friday, he shooed away some prestigious programs, specifically the two southern California powers in UCLA and USC. The reigning National Champion Villanova Wildcats came calling, as did Kansas, Ohio State, Baylor, and Butler, but the Fightin’ Ducks have secured a commit from a Top-15 player in the state of California.
Oregon is coming off their first 30-win season since 1944-45, when then head coach John Warren took the team to the Elite Eight in his first season at the helm. It has taken current head coach Dana Altman six years to accomplish the same task, but in the infinitely more difficult modern game. In his first year, the team won the CBI Championship and has slowly progressed each year, culminating in last season’s Elite Eight appearance after being rated a No. 1 seed.
The team welcomes in three four-star freshman to add to a group that is flush with talent. Playing time will by no means coming easy for any player, let alone incoming freshman, but Altman has finally created the type of program that breeds sustained success in Eugene.