Victor Bailey has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Austin, Texas played in 73 games during the past two years for Oregon, but saw his playing time fade late in his sophomore season. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman was first to report Bailey’s decision to transfer and his mother, Tonja, confirmed it to The Register-Guard while adding that her son was unsure where he would play next season.
Bailey still has the option to return to Oregon, but that appears unlikely.
“We would sure like him back, but whatever he and his family feel,” UO coach Dana Altman said last week when asked about Bailey’s future with the team. “There is no doubt we want him back. … There are some areas we’d like to see him improve on and I think he feels the same way. He wants to get better as a player. There is no doubt about his work ethic and him as a person. He’s just got to tighten some things up and I hope he chooses to do that here.”
Bailey averaged 7.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last season while shooting 41.3 percent from the field. He ranked 10th in the Pac-12 by shooting 39.8 percent on 3-pointers.
Bailey started eight games last season, including the first six Pac-12 games, but returned to a reserve role after missing all 14 shots he attempted in back-to-back losses against Arizona State and Washington. After playing seven minutes in Oregon’s 68-48 win over Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament title game, Bailey played a total of five minutes in wins over Wisconsin and UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament.
He did not play in Oregon’s 53-49 loss to Virginia in the Sweet 16, marking the first time in two years he did not get off the bench for the Ducks.
Bailey averaged 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing in all 36 games for the Ducks as a freshman.
Bailey’s departure along with Bol Bol and Louis King, who are both leaving after one year for the NBA Draft, would leave Oregon with eight scholarship players on next year’s roster including Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten, who each declared for the draft with an option to return for the Ducks.
Pritchard and sophomore Will Richardson are the only guards slated to return for Oregon, which signed junior-college transfer Chris Duarte in the backcourt.