I can care less about Oregon Ducks. Sure they have had a decent football program over last few years, and some flash in the pan success in hoops (during the Lavin era, when rest of the Pac was getting fat with talented recruits at our expense). But I have never looked at them as an athletic powerhouse. They really owe one man for all their recent success - their sugar daddy - Phil Knight. There was lot of bruhahaha couple of years ago when we lost prized recruit Malik Hairston to Grace Jones, aka Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. Well according to the rumors flying around Oregon, Kansas boards, Grace has some issues he is addressing right now:
Kent has also taken some heat from people who think he's favoring his son Jordan over other players both in terms of bullying other players but not Jordan, and in terms of playing time.
Apparently Taylor and Hairston are considering leaving if Kent isn't fired, no idea about other kids.
It appears that the only way Oregon will be able to stop the bleeding (preventing players from leaving) will be for the coach to resign. Because of the moral part of the equation, that will probably be how it goes down. He wouldn't want to risk public admonition by getting fired.
If Howland wants another guard, seriously look for Bryce Taylor to land at UCLA. And I wouldn't be surprised if high UCLA recruit Maarty Leunen lands at Oregon State. We would love to have him at UCLA, but if he chose Oregon in the first place, it only makes sense that he'd land close to home.
Both players were great as freshmen. I'd take Leunen over Keefe and Budinger in a second. He's a great rebounder with nice offensive skills. Taylor can flat-out shoot, handles it well, and has a sweet overall game. He grew up in our backyard and was a great HS'er to watch.
Think both Taylor and Leunen regret not choosing UCLA in the first place? Lifes lessons don't come cheap.
As for Taylor, you take him. If you have an opportunity to stack talent you do it. Your recruiting should only take into account whether you are improving your team, not if there is enough PT for everyone. If there isn't, the lesser of the talent will leave. Competition for talent is a good thing.
Besides, by the time Taylor is playing for us in 2 years Affallo will likely be gone. Even if he isn't it gives us a hell of a back up and future senior starter.
I don't think Taylor can play the 3. There is plenty of room at SG for him.