Oregon’s men’s basketball team will make its third trip to the Maui Invitational in 2021.
The Ducks will be part of the eight-team field on Nov. 22-24 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Oregon previously played in the tournament in 2008 and 2016.
Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Houston, Chaminade and Butler will also be in the field.
Oregon is 3-3 all-time at the tournament, including a fifth-place finish in 2016.
The Ducks defeated Alabama 92-69 to open the tournament in 2008 before losing to North Carolina, 98-69, and Texas, 70-57.
Oregon was ranked No. 13 in the nation when it arrived at the tournament four years ago, but was upset by Georgetown, 65-61, in the opening round. The Ducks went on to defeat Tennessee 69-65 in overtime before finishing up with a 79-69 win over Connecticut in a season that saw them reach the Final Four.
Ducks add to roster
Oregon will add Gabe Reichle of Wilsonville High School to its roster as a walk-on next season. The 6-foot-2 guard was a first-team all-state selection as a senior when he averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting 54.6% from the field, including 33.3% on 3-pointers.
Amauri Hardy, a graduate transfer from UNLV, who earlier announced his intention to transfer to Oregon, officially signed with the Ducks on Friday. Hardy, a 6-2 guard, averaged 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assist this past season for the Rebels.
Reichle, a four-year varsity letterman helped the Wildcats win the state state during his freshman and junior seasons while leading them to the semifinals as a senior before the 5A tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. He was a two-time all-Northwest Conference selection who ranks among Wilsonville’s all-time leaders with 773 points and 230 assists in his career.
"It will be fun to watch him compete at Oregon," said Wilsonville coach Chris Roche, whose dad, John, led Churchill to a pair of state basketball championships. "He’s going to give it everything he has for the Ducks and see if he can earn himself a role in the program. We're very excited for him and about his choice to go to Oregon and walk-on with the Ducks. It’s a great fit for him and matches who Gabe is and what he wants to do in life right now."
Reichle’s brother, Zach, averaged 7.9 points per game as a junior last season while starting all 31 games for Oregon State.
"Proud... still gonna have to whoop up on you though," Zach Reichle posted in a Twitter message to his brother.
Oregon could have four walk-ons next season with seniors Eddy Ionescu and Luke Osborn and junior Will Johnson all eligible to return.