Oregon hoops lands JC center

After he was denied admission to South Florida two weeks ago, all signs pointed to junior-college center, Waverly Austin (Fredricksburg, Va/Palm Beach Coast CC) joining the Oregon Ducks program.

After much speculation as to where he would wind up, Austin made it official today when he committed to Oregon coach Dana Altman.

"Yes sir. I committed to Oregon. It's a relief to have a final decision made and I'm just excited about getting out there," Austin said. "I'll be in Eugene tomorrow and I just want to settle in and get to work."

Austin will bring much needed size to the Oregon front court. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center plans to arrive in Eugene on Thursday and will enroll in school later this month. He will be counted on immediately to provide defense and rebounding for the Ducks, who are thin and inexperienced down on the blocks.

Austin was named the Player of the Year in the Southern Conference and a Junior College All-American after averaging 18.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season at Palm Beach State College.

Austin will join 6-foot-11 Tony Woods, 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman Austin Kuemper and true freshman Ben Carter as the only Ducks standing taller than 6-foot-6.