There is a short list of men's basketball players who have redshirted at Oregon under Dana Altman.

Paul White had to sit out the Final Four season in 2016-17 as a transfer from Georgetown while M.J. Cage took a redshirt as a true freshman that year in part due to nagging injuries. Dylan Ennis received a medical redshirt the previous season while A.J. Lapray did the same in 2013-14. Arik Armstead redshirted in 2012-13 after joining the basketball team following his freshman season in football and Austin Kuemper sat out his first year in 2011-12.

Oregon will have at least two players redshirt this season as Eric Williams and Eugene Omoruyi must sit out a year after transferring. Williams has two years of eligibility remaining after leaving Duquesne while Omoruyi will play one season as a transfer from Rutgers.

Many transfers make a hardship appeal to the NCAA to try and waive the requirement to sit out, but Williams and Omoruyi did not.

“They were never planning on that, they never said it and we never said it,” Altman said. “We knew they were going to sit out right from the start.”

Altman wishes more players would consider taking a developmental year, but that’s rare for the four- and five-star recruits that the Ducks have been landing in recent seasons.

“Guys are in a hurry to get out, but redshirting, if you approach it right, is a great learning experience,” said Altman, who is beginning his 10th season at Oregon. “Academically, it is great and basketball-wise, it is great. It used to be something we used a lot, but for some reason — and I think it’s totally irrational — it has become a lot less popular.

"I think student-athletes should look at it a lot more. You get accustomed to the program and get a good feel for the school, get some classwork done. At Creighton, we redshirted so many guys that I always thought it was good, but the impression of that from a lot of student-athletes has changed and I don’t think it should.”

Altman noted the improvements a player can make when focusing on practice without having to prepare for games.

“If a player lacks strength and ball handling, in a year you can improve those two things and play a lot more,” he said. “If a player lacks strength and shooting, you can work on those things. There are certain things you can work on and certain things you can’t, but if being a little under weight or a lack of strength is going to hold you back, it doesn’t hurt to redshirt a year and improve on that.”

Oregon could choose to redshirt Lok Wur, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound freshman who was originally slated for junior college before being ruled academically eligible by the NCAA. The Ducks hope to have 11 players eligible to play this season, but Wur’s redshirt decision could also be affected by the status of freshman center N’Faly Dante, who is going through the admissions process to get cleared to play after reclassifying from the class of 2020.

“It’s too early to tell,” Altman said of Wur’s redshirt possibility. “Lok would definitely benefit from it because I love his instincts and work ethic, it is just his strength that is going to hold him back. When he plays against Eugene or Shakur (Juiston), all of a sudden you are playing against a 22-year old and you’re 18, that’s a big difference. It’s way too early because with injuries you never know where it’s all going to end up, but we will make those decisions around November.”

Like most basketball coaches, Altman envies the rule adopted for college football that allows players to play in four games and still take a redshirt year.

“I think that’s a great idea where you get a certain number of games you could play and still redshirt,” he said. “Maybe nine or 10 and the football rule is that they can play at any time. Play a guy a couple games and if nobody gets hurt, he can still redshirt.”