All six newcomers on the Oregon men’s basketball team are enrolled in summer school, but two players are unable to practice with the team because of injuries.

Five-star freshman Louis King continues to rehab from a torn meniscus suffered in January during his senior season at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J.

“He’s not practicing,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said Tuesday. “We will be real conservative with it, so I am not sure what it will be.”

 

When the 6-foot-9 King was in Beaverton three months ago with Team USA for the Nike Hoop Summit, he said that he expected to be healthy for the start of his freshman season with the Ducks.

Senior guard Ehab Amin, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, arrived on campus this week, but is “out a while with a thumb injury," Altman said.

Oregon is just about two months away from starting practice with the season set to begin a few days earlier than normal. Instead of traditional Friday openers, the NCAA moved the up the basketball schedule to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Oregon will host an opponent to be determined.

Oregon could hold its first practice as early as Sept. 25 — one day after the fall term begins — but Altman said the Ducks may wait an extra day or two.

While Amin is expected to be ready for the first preseason practice, King’s status is more uncertain.

Altman has experience adjusting his lineup because of injuries early in the season in recent years. Jordan Bell missed the first eight games of the 2015-16 season with a foot injury and Dillon Brooks had a foot injury the following year that forced him to miss the first three games.

“Those two years, that really affected us,” Altman recalled.

While Altman is still waiting to finalize a couple of contracts before announcing Oregon’s complete schedule, the Ducks will spend the second week of the season at the 2K Classic in New York. Oregon will face Iowa on Nov. 15 and either Syracuse or Connecticut the following night.

Oregon has 11 players on scholarship for next season following the recent additions of Amin and Francis Okoro, a 6-9 forward from Illinois who graduated one year early from high school to join the Ducks. Altman does not expect any additional changes to the roster.

“I think we are pretty set to go,” he said.

The four freshmen who signed with Oregon in the fall — King, Bol Bol, Will Richardson and Miles Norris — arrived on campus to start eight weeks of summer school last month. Okoro and Amin joined them this week for the final four-week program.

“Things are slower now, there is not nearly as much going on, so they can get acclimated much easier in the summer than when it gets crazy on Sept. 24,” Altman said. “This gives them a chance to get used to their teammates, a little bit of weightlifting, a little bit of our practices and get used to Eugene and the campus. … First time away from home for a lot of them so it’s different. They have to handle everything on their own. They knew what to expect and are just making the adjustment to college basketball and college life, which always takes some adjusting.”

Coaches can work with players four hours per week during the summer and the Ducks will continue to practice through the middle of August. The injuries have limited how much Oregon has been able to practice as a team, leaving more time for “group and individual stuff,” Altman noted.

Bol, Richardson and Norris are in their fifth week of summer workouts.

“A long way to go, as always,” Altman said of the freshmen. “Defense is way behind where they should be and offensively, they want to dribble a lot and shoot it a lot. It will be fun trying to figure out how we put them all together and get them to play together. I think it will be a good group that is fun to work with.”