The first 2019 commitment for the Oregon men’s basketball team came from junior-college guard Chris Duarte on Thursday.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore averaged 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season at Northwest Florida State, which won its conference and regional titles before advancing to the national tournament. His commitment was first reported by JucoRecruiting.com.
Duarte played 23.3 minutes per game off the bench while shooting 54.6 percent from the field as a freshman for the Raiders. He was 33-for-90 on three-pointers and shot 70 percent on free throws.
The native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, will play one more season at NWFS, the same school that sent Elgin Cook to Oregon.
Duarte will have two years of eligibility at Oregon beginning in 2019. He is expected to sign with the Ducks when the early signing period begins Nov. 14.
Oregon will graduate transfer Ehab Amin following this season, but guards Payton Pritchard, Will Richardson and Victor Bailey could all join Duarte in the backcourt next year.