Oregon coach Dana Altman landed his sixth one-year transfer in three-plus seasons in Eugene and his 11th overall transfer, securing a commitment from former Detroit guard Jason Calliste. The sweet-shooting 6-foot-2 fifth-year senior averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game as a junior and sank more than two 3-pointers per game.
The addition of Calliste was made possible for Oregon when the NCAA ruled 6-foot-9 Brazilian prospect Cristian Felicio ineligible to play for the Ducks earlier this month as a result of suspicions that he had previously signed a pro contract. That left Oregon with one vacant scholarship, enabling Altman to add Calliste to provide outside shooting and insurance in case high-scoring Houston transfer Joseph Young doesn't win his petition to be eligible to play immediately.
If Young has to sit out next season, Calliste would likely start at off guard in a backcourt that would also include point guard Dominic Artis, wing Damyean Dotson and reserve Jonathan Loyd. If Young is allowed to play, Calliste probably receives significant playing time off the bench at both point guard and shooting guard.
Either way, his outside shooting will be an asset for an Oregon team that shot an anemic 33.3 percent from behind the arc last season and graduated its most productive 3-point shooter, forward E.J. Singler.
It's no surprise Calliste would choose Oregon considering the success Altman has enjoyed with transfers with only one year of eligibility remaining.
Ex-Minnesota guard Devoe Joseph was Oregon's leading scorer during his lone season in Eugene. Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi brought toughness, interior scoring and elite rebounding last season, helping the Ducks win the Pac-12 tournament and reach the Sweet 16. And ex-UNLV forward Mike Moser will start for Oregon this season and have an opportunity to solidify a frontcourt depleted by graduation.
Besides Oregon's history with transfers, Calliste is joining a program poised to maintain last season's success.
With promising sophomores Artis and Dotson, veterans Calliste and Loyd and perhaps the talented Young as well, Oregon will have one of the deepest backcourts in the nation next season. Should Moser and sophomore Ben Carter manage to solidify the frontcourt, the Ducks will be contenders in the Pac-12 and will have the chance to make another memorable March run.
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