Posted July 01, 2013

Oregon adds Houston transfer Joseph Young

Joseph Young averaged 18 points and 2.5 assists per game last season. (William Purnell/Icon SMI)

Joseph Young averaged 18 points and 2.5 assists per game last season. (William Purnell/Icon SMI)

The transfer market has been especially kind to Oregon the past two seasons. The Ducks scooped Iranian center Arsalan Kazemi out of the mass exodus that befell Rice last offseason, and slotted him into the lineup immediately once the NCAA granted his undergraduate hardship waiver. The rewards were plain: Grabbing a rebounding force and future NBA draft pick gave the Ducks the frontcourt anchor they desperately needed to power last season’s Pac-12 resurgence.

The trend carried over into this offseason, when the Ducks received confirmation that former UNLV forward Mike Moser would use the NCAA’s graduate transfer clause to play out his final year of eligibility in Eugene.

Adding Moser was a power move on its own. But coach Dana Altman didn’t stop there. On Friday, Houston transfer Joseph Young announced he would join Moser on Oregon’s list of transfer prizes this offseason.

The move follows the Cougars’ decision to demote Michael Young, Joseph’s father, from his former position as director of basketball operations to a less important role on Houston’s basketball staff. The elder Young, as you may recall, was a member of the Cougars’ legendary Phi Slamma Jamma team. Young felt like he got the short end of the stick, announced his resignation and took son Joseph on the way out.

Which brings us to Friday’s news, wherein Young promises to give the Ducks another massive transfer-aided boost. He averaged 18.0 points and 2.5 assists per game, shot 42.0 percent from the field and posted a 124.0 offensive rating while using just 22.7 percent of available possessions.

The impact of Young’s move is easy to predict: consistent, efficient scoring on a nightly basis and another talented perimeter piece to throw into an already impressive backcourt. Whether Young will actually be able to play this season is the bigger question. Like Kazemi, Young could apply for an undergraduate hardship waiver — based on the contentious circumstances surrounding his (and his dad’s) departure from Houston — allowing him to play right away.

The NCAA would need to review his case and find reason to give Young the greenlight to bypass the usual one-year transfer waiting penalty. His entry date is important, but the implications for Oregon are great all the same.


Let's see:

The kid backed out of his commitment to Providence when he found out he wouldn't be a frosh starter.  He then went back to his "dream" school of Houston.  Now he wants to run away again.....I'm not understanding why there's such a hub-bub over him.  He played at a HS that recruited kids in a terrible district that 8th graders could have won.  Talk about overhyped talent...


I don't know where you get your numbers or stories from but you're dead wrong. Yates High School was ranked in the top 5 in the country while Joseph Young was in high school. And J. Young was rated in the top recruits in the country coming out of high school. He went to Providence because the school had a winning coach and a star line up when he was recruited there. But in an instance, the coach left and so did the rest of the recruits and other players. Thus meaning that Joseph Young wanted to go to Houston because his father was a huge roll in the staff at UofH. Joseph Young was a huge boost for UofH basketball. And UofH would have made the team a contender. When your father gets treated poorly at the college you are playing for then what choice do you have then to move on to better things. Oregon is going to be a beast so why not transfer to some place that is going to utilized your talent. @Mike26 you are way off base sir. Joseph Young deserves a chance. I'm a UofH grad and I was excited to see him come to UofH but I'll be happier if he gets a better shot going somewhere else. I felt the same about Charles Sims. He wasnt getting the publicity that he should under Levine and Piland. Sims deserved a better shot and I was glad to see him go to West Virginia and I hope he gets what he needs there.