After UCLA’s horrendous start to the season and Washington’s terrible performance at Saint Louis today (which we’ll discuss in a later post), the door seemed to be open for Oregon.
Unfortunately, it looks like that door might have started to shut after the news today that stud freshman Jabari Brown has left the program.
Even though Brown only scored seven against Vanderbilt and five against Eastern Washington, he still started and played over 25 minutes a game in both. So without question, this is certainly a big loss in terms of depth in the backcourt.
Not to mention the kid has all the potential in the world.
After watching the Ducks play against Vandy, this looked like a team that could surprise some people in the Pac-12. And given the struggles we’ve seen from some of the top projected teams in the conference already, the potential for them to do that has grown even larger.
Maybe they still have a chance to do that. The strength of this team is still the frontcourt with players like E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Tyrone Nared, and Olu Ashaolu.
But Garrett Sim and Johnathan Loyd are going to see their minutes increase, and sharpshooter Brett Kingma will also have to play more.
While Oregon should still be fine, replacing a player of Brown’s caliber is extremely difficult to do when you’ve already started the season.
Luckily for them though, they have enough time to adjust before they hit Pac-12 play in late December.