M.J. Cage became the latest player to leave Oregon when he announced his plan to transfer on Sunday night.
The 6-foot-10 forward is the second member of the 2016 recruiting class to leave the Ducks after Keith Smith announced he would transfer to Pepperdine. Payton Pritchard is the lone remaining player from that class set to return for a third year at Oregon.
The Ducks also lost Troy Brown, who declared for the NBA Draft after his freshman season and recently received an invitation to the combine next week in New York.
Cage, who arrived as a three-star recruit out of Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei, was injured and sat out a redshirt season during the Ducks run to the 2017 Final Four before playing in 11 games last season.
"It is with great reflection and consideration I have decided to transfer," Cage posted on Twitter. "I will always treasure this experience at one of the top college basketball programs."
Cage did not announce where he will play next season, but San Diego State is expected to be one of his top options. Cage originally picked Oregon over San Diego State, the alma mater of his father, Michael, a power forward who spent 15 seasons in the NBA from 1984-2000.
Cage arrived at Oregon in the summer of 2016 and drew positive reviews from coach Dana Altman and forward Dillon Brooks for his performance with the Ducks on an exhibition tour of Spain. However, he suffered a concussion before the season and later injured his knee so he did not play as a freshman. Cage left the Ducks for a couple days prior to last season while considering a transfer before electing to stay with the Ducks.
"I love the program and I love basketball, so I wanted to continue to play and not give it up like that," he said upon his return to the team.
Cage played a total of 71 minutes for the Ducks and made 8-of-13 shots from the field, including his only three-point attempt. He had 24 rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.
Cage had five points and seven rebounds in his second game, a 114-56 win over Alabama State on Nov. 17. He scored a career-high 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting in a 96-82 win over Central Arkansas on Dec. 20.
Cage played in four Pac-12 games, getting his most extensive time in a 96-61 loss at Stanford on Feb. 3 when he scored two points in six minutes.
Cage likely would have been down on the depth chart again next season because Oregon returns 6-9 Paul White and Kenny Wooten in the frontcourt and signed 7-2 Bol Bol and 6-10 Miles Norris. The Ducks have nine players on scholarship for next season, leaving four openings.
Oregon was a finalist for four-star point guard Brandon Williams before he selected Arizona on Saturday.
Francis Okoro, a 6-9 forward from Illinois who is expected to reclassify from the 2019 class to 2018, is deciding between Oregon, Illinois, and Purdue.
Oregon recently offered a scholarship to Keonte Kennedy, a 6-4 three-star shooting guard from Texas who was originally signed to play at Xavier before opening up his recruitment after coach Chris Mack was hired at Louisville. Texas Tech and SMU are among the other schools seeking Kennedy.
Oregon is also recruiting Franco Miller Jr., a 6-3 combo guard from the Bahamas who played last year at Crestwood Prep in Canada. He is expected to choose this week between Oklahoma, Minnesota, Mississippi and the Ducks.
The spring signing period runs through May 16.