Dana Altman has added the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rookie of the year to his roster.
Aaron Estrada will have three years to play at Oregon after sitting out next season following his transfer from St. Peter’s, where he averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game as a freshman. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound guard, who was a three-star recruit out of Woodbury, N.J. last year, made a verbal commitment to the Ducks over Creighton and Syracuse.
"Like I said it’s all gods plan #DuckNation #Commited," Estrada tweeted Monday afternoon.
Estrada was a third-team, all-conference selection after starting 14 of 28 games for the Peacocks, who finished 18-12, including a 14-6 record in the MAAC. He played an average of 19.4 minutes per game and shot 40.5% from the field, including 18-of-53 on 3-pointers, and 87.9% from the line.
Like I said it’s all gods plan #DuckNation #Commited @madebyjerryco pic.twitter.com/QdwnWPPVyB— Aaron Estrada (@ronbuckss) April 6, 2020
Estrada led the Peacocks in scoring during eight games, including a career-high 20 points in a 61-44 win over Fairfield. He scored in double digits 11 times, including four straight games during a winning streak in February.
Estrada capped his career at St. Peter’s by making a jumper with 0.9 seconds remaining to secure a 56-54 win over Iona in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. The Peacocks were headed to the semifinals as the No. 2 seed when the season suddenly ended due to COVID-19.
Estrada will have to sit out one year at Oregon due to NCAA rules just as Eugene Omoruyi and Eric Williams did this season after transferring from Rutgers and Duquesne, respectively.
Estrada gives the Ducks 12 players currently slated to be on scholarship next season, leaving one opening when the spring recruiting season begins on April 15. The Ducks have 10 players eligible to return from last year’s team and are also expected to sign freshman Jalen Terry from Michigan next week.
Oregon has not had any players announce plans to transfer for next season or leave early for the NBA Draft, which has an underclassmen deadline of April 26.