Oregon WBB guard Morgan Yaeger medically retires from basketball

Dylan Mickanen
NBC Sports Northwest

Oregon women's basketball guard Morgan Yaeger has announced her medical retirement and therefore will not return to Eugene for her fifth year of eligibility in 2020-21 per her Instagram. 

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"It has been an extremely hard decision," Yaeger wrote, "but since I am graduating this year, I have decided to return home to Australia to focus on getting physically and mentally healthy in hopes of pursuing any opportunities that may emerge there."

Yaeger, who dealt with a back injury while at Oregon, graduated this past academic year with an art degree and plans to pursue a career in graphic design or in coaching basketball. But for now, the Adelaide, Australia native will head back to the land down under.

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But, she'll never forget the years she spent in Eugene and especially what she was a part of, as one of the recruits in the program-defining 2016 class that included Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. 

"It humbles me to say that I have been a part of one of the most impactful women's basketball teams in history."

In three active seasons as a Duck, Yeager appeared in 76 total games scoring 128 total points with 16 three-pointers and 43 assists. After sitting out the 2017-18 season due to injury, she came up big down the stretch of the 2018-19 season when then-freshman guard Taylor Chavez fractured her left foot causing Yaeger to become the first guard off the bench. 

Chavez would not return to the floor that season, but the Ducks would overcome her injury, in part thanks to Yaeger, to make the program's first-ever Final Four. 

"We are extremely thankful to Morgan for everything she has given to our program over the last four years," said head coach Kelly Graves in a release. "It's been tough watching her deal with this injury for so long, but she has been an incredible teammate and a huge part of our success. She leaves here as a three-time Pac-12 champion and a lifelong Duck, and I can't wait to see what's next for her moving forward."

Yaeger won three straight Pac-12 regular-season championships with the Ducks and a pair of Pac-12 Tournament titles while at Oregon. 

"The incredible opportunities and memories I have been gifted are beyond precious to me," wrote Yaeger. "Thank you for the unforgettable ride. Go Ducks!" 

Yaeger helped build the program to where it stands today, and while she'll be missed on the floor, the Ducks are ready to reload with five incoming five-star recruits who are all Eugene-bound.

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