Emerald Quick Hits: Oregon football gets three early enrollers
– Oregon football will have at least three newcomers in practice this spring, as two transfers and one freshmen enrolled at the University for winter term. Cornerback Dominique Harrison, linebacker Johnny Ragin and wide receiver Jalen Brown are the first early enrollments for Ducks football. Harrison is a transfer from Contra Costa College (California,) and has three years of eligibility remaining. Ragin is a Wilsonville, Ore. native and spent his freshman season with Cal, playing in eight games primarily on special teams. Brown is a four-star wideout from Phoenix, Ariz., the Ducks’ only wide receiver commit thus far.
– Freshman golfer Thomas Lim finished tied for third at the Patriot All-America tournament at Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The four-day event is invitation only and was a 54-hole tournament featuring All-Americans from the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA. Each of the 84 participants represented a service member who died in the act of duty. Lim represented Oregon native Lt. Colonel James L. Wiley of North Bend. Lim shot even par in the first round, 3-under in round two and 4-under in the final round, giving him a chance to win the tournament. Senior Kyle Westmoreland (Air Force) defeated senior Toni Hakula (Texas) on the sixth playoff hole to win the prestigious tournament.
– The Oregon men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss Thursday night, losing their Pac-12 home opener to California 96-83. The Ducks’ unbeaten streak ended Sunday at Colorado. The men are now 1-2 in conference play. Thursday’s loss was Oregon’s 12th straight to Cal dating back to the 2008-09 season. Cal’s Jordan Matthews recorded a career-high 32 points to lead the Golden Bears offensively and teammate Justin Cobbs added a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists. Joseph Young led the Ducks in scoring with 29 points. Oregon’s next game is at home Sunday against Stanford. Cal travels to Oregon State.
– The men’s hoops team officially added transfer Brandon Austin, who will be eligible to play next winter. The 6’6″ wing has enrolled at the university and will be eligible as a redshirt freshman next season. Austin was at Providence College but never played after being suspended and left the program. Austin is the sixth basketball player to commit to Oregon next season along with Casey Benson, Jordan Bell, Dwayne Benjamin, Ray Kasongo and Michael Chandler.
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